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Siberian Amethyst

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We have been mining for more than 5months now somewhere in Nigeria. The pit was known to be producing Siberian type of amethyst and was left since 1992,due to thesame problem we are facing now. We are mining manually,and anytime we are about to reach VUGHS, we always experiencing collapsing of wall along the terrain of the main pit. The collapsing area is now forming a shape of "gutter" of about 4meter wide and 8meter long from where Vughs are. Please,i need your advice on and probably what may likely caused this problem. Thank you

asked Apr 4, 2014 by Amethystminer (200 points)

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Its hard to give advice without knowing more details about the mine and rock type, but if the mine is producing economically feasible amethyst it would probably be worthwhile to hire a geologist who is experienced in these types of things.

answered Apr 4, 2014 by hershel (49,750 points)
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Thanks for your quick response. The rock present here is known to volcanic rock and the amethyst in this pit was considered to be world best followed by Zambian amethyst

answered Apr 4, 2014 by Amethystminer (200 points)

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