Notes on the Geography of Australia: Newman: Photo 12
Like it when I sound techie? Here goes: this is a Bucyrus-Erie drill that makes 38 centimeter blast holes loaded with a mix of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, plus anzomex boosters. Blasts are set off in a sequence liberating a million tons at a time.
For a serious review of the mine's development, see I. K. MacGregor in the
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, v. 197B, Nov 1983. The author was Ian MacGregor, at one time head of British Steel, then of the UK's National Coal Board. Earlier, however, he was head of AMAX, which means that he was very likely the guy who bought what Stan Hilditch had been struggling to sell, namely the development of Mt. Whaleback.
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