Ok…back on thread. Sorry to you ADHD boys
A wee stope in a Coromandel mine. A stope being a mined out area of gold bearing quartz reef. Leaving a void, open space, where the quartz used to be. If you left click on the pics it will enlarge them.
This is where the reef broke out in the cliff face to the outside & the entrance.
And this going back into the hill. You will notice a timber stull still jammed between the foot wall & hanging wall towards the bottom left of the stope.
Bit of rusting machinery & boiler remains.
Now to give it a bit of perspective & the size of this stope. This is my son in the photo. The stope disappearing into the blackness behind him further into the hill.
Then him climbing down a bit further. Below him it is almost vertical. You wouldn’t want to fall past that point.
Below him the stope is full of water