Wednesday, February 23, 2011

World's Deepest Mine--Tau Tona (Great Lion) Gold Mine

Tau Tona (Great Lion) Gold Mine

TauTona is a gold mine in South Africa. At some 3.9 kilometers deep it is currently home to the world's deepest mining operations.

The mine is one of the three Western Deep Levels mines of the West Wits gold field west of Johannesburg. The mine is near the town of Carletonville. TauTona neighbours the Mponeng and Savuka mines, and TauTona and Savuka share processing facilities. All three are owned by AngloGold Ashanti.

By 2008, the mine reached some 3.9 km underground. This made it the deepest mine in the world, surpassing the 3,585 m deep East Rand Mine by a considerable margin. This new shaft extended the depth from its previous 3.6 km, and will extend the mine's life to 2015.

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