Mineral exploration drilling, Kenya

Mineral exploration drilling, Kenya

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Caption: Mineral exploration drilling. Driller operating a multi-combination drilling rig during a mineral exploration project. This rig uses hollow drill rods to cut a cylindrical core of rock from the ground for analysis. It is capable of both reverse circulation drilling and diamond drilling. Diamond drilling uses a drill bit encrusted with industrial diamonds to cut very hard rock, usually at great depths. The extracted core is analysed to find suitable sites for mining. Photographed in West Kenya.

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