|Address:||Mir Diamond Mine, Tel: +7-, Fax: +7-,|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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The Mir Mine (Freedom Mine) is located at the eponymous town Mirny. It started as a huge open cast mine, which dug the diamond bearing kimberlite pipe. After the pit had become one of the biggest three man made hole, it was abandoned and mining continued underground. The underground mine is still working and it is not possible to visit it. But the open cast mine is visible from various locations around the rim and when approaching the town by plane, as the airport is located very close to the mine. Some years ago it was forbidden to cross the mine with helicopters, as downwinds created by the huge hole caused a tragic accident.