Introduction to South Crofty Mine Underground, I count myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit the working South Crofty Mine over a period from 1993-1998. I must thank all the members of the Geology Department and mine management. To this day I will never understand why I was accepted there, maybe it was the way I tried to stay in the background and not waste their time.
Special thanks go to: Mark Owen (Chief Geologist) Nick LeBoutillier and John Usoro for putting up with me on so many occasions. Thanks also go to Andy Seager who put me up on one of my week long excursions where I visited the mine every day. This was usually with a hangover after playing silly drinking games the night before.South Crofty Mine Underground
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Photography down the mine was hugely difficult, with temperatures over 100 degrees with high humidity usually over 95%. Keeping the lenses fog free was a constant nightmare, trying to use damp muddy cloths to wipe the glass. I remember on one visit I was taken to some of the deepest (3000ft) and hottest parts of the mine. The conditions here were so extreme the emulsion on my film partially melted. My main enemy on my trips underground, was time. The guys would take me down while they were working. I was always careful to stay out of their way and not hold them up.
The missed opportunities for photographs was endless, as I had very little time to set up multiple flash or tripod shots. I was taken to parts of the mine that were off limits to others and rarely visited. Each visit was an adventure, with time that was precious, I miss it very much.
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