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An extraordinary graveyard, Namibia

The Consolidated Diamond Mine, owned by De Beers, is reputed to have the largest private earthmoving fleet in the world.

 

It has been a virtually secret operation since the early 1900's, as people had been totally banned from the area for security reasons, since that time, and only recently have visitors been allowed in. There are enough antique machines to stock a museum.

 

Once a vehicle or piece of equipment enters De Beers diamond mining area, it is never allowed to leave. Since its not practical to search for an object as small as a diamond, De Beers simply assigns all these outmoded vehicles and machines to this eerie graveyard. It was an amazing sight, but I was most frightened of seeing a snake hiding amongst the rust.

 

This tangle of relics encapsulated the history of the Namibian diamonds. Here you can see Sherman tanks, a train of turn-of-the-century railroad cars with German markings and an ominous looking World War 11 battle tank with a British insignia on it had a huge steel blade welded in front of the gun turret as De Beers converted these tanks to bulldozers after the war!

   

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Taken on November 14, 2006