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Large bucket wheel excavator at open cast coalmine

Large bucket wheel excavator at open cast coalmine

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TONY CRADDOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CRADDOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

A massive bucket wheel excavator at an open cast coal mine near Cologne, West Germany. The excavator is operated by a crew of five, moving up to 110,000 cubic meters of coal or earth every day. Each machine is 220 meters in length, 85 meters high, with a gross weight of 13000 tons. It is capable of moving at speeds of up to 10 meters per minute. Each bucket on the excavator's wheel is large enough to hold a small car. The vast scale of the excavator means that it has to be constructed on site, taking around two years to complete.

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