Blast at open-cast mine

Blast at open-cast mine

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Caption: Open cast mining. Explosion of blasting charges at an open cast mine. Carefully placed charges will break up a large volume of rock and push it away from the face so it is easier to remove. This mine is a source of apatite, used in the production of phosphate fertilisers and as an ore of rare-earth elements. Photographed at Koashvinsky pit, Mumansk, Russia.

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Keywords: apatite, blast, blasting, breaking, cloud, detonation, energy, explosion, explosive, face, fertiliser, firing, industrial, industry, landscape, mine, mining, murmansk, novosti, open cast, ore, pit, rare earth, russia, russian, shaking, shattering, smoke, violent

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