The Earth Eating Monster
This bucket wheel excavator is a monster! It was built on site in the 1960's and was used for the local mining industry. It is about 170 meters long and 50 meters high. The buckets on this excavator went 15 meters down into the ground where the layers of coal are. The power for this machine was even taken from the same coal they dug out.
The machine was turned down in the early 2000's as there was not much coal left in the area. Because disassembly is very expensive, and the machine parts are old and worn, the government decided to leave the machine where it is and let the weather and Mother Nature do their thing. Impressive to see!!
Visited this location in January 2015
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