Yes that is a monster bucket wheel excavator and yes that is a full-sized bus in the background! The World’s largest coal mine, as you can expect, lies in Siberian ion of Kazakhstan that is famous for its underground minerals and fossil fuels. The purpose of this huge excavator is to aid in continuous digging of large -scale open pit mining operations. Open pit mining operations of this kind would need serious heavy machinery.
The pictures below show how serious the machinery is. Alexander Popov, the famous Russian photographer got to go that place and check the mining operations. What he captured there is simply stunning.
The bogeys carrying all the coal. They seem so small next to the mining equipment.
About to dig a crater!
A vintage bus next to the platform.
Just look at the rolling chains.
Seems larger than an offshore oil rig itself.
The pit is huge already.
What’s the nuclear sign doing here I wonder.
Engineers on the frontline. We go where no one can dream of going!