Flying out of Phoenix
Headed south, before banking east
Out the window there appears
A large hole in the ground
Wasn’t sure what I was seeing
Either with the Circled hole
Or with the backgammon design ponds
What it was is a open pit copper mine abandoned in 1984
Which as of 2019, it was bought with plans to reopen
Now called the Cactus mine
For a sense of scale that pit is 3,100 ft. across and 980′ deep
25 thoughts on “Head in the Clouds – A Man made Wonder?”
That is so strange and kind of scary.
It is both, I had never seen something like that before and I will say when I am up there in the clouds the human footprint is everywhere below. Maybe it will be another tale for another day
That’s quite the shot, Jon. Hope you had a good visit.
Thanks, that visit was while ago, I do miss visiting kids. As of now plans are on hold, maybe in fall between work and pandemic, I hope
We sure do make a mess of things.
Couldn’t agree more, I think most of the time that we are the virus, destroying our host.
I just wish collectively we could see that, then there might be hope
There is nothing about that that isn’t scary as all-get-out. What a dreadful landscape. A great photo, though!
Ugh…What we won’t do, to get what we want.
Yes, I think of it as raping the planet, for our own selfish wants. I wish there was an answer
I do, too.
I went to Google maps and got the little man to wander around and look at street view. The irrigated fields of green stand out in such complete contrast. But there are a lot of questions that will probably never be answered. It would be interesting to know something of the integration of the Indian communities that look so relatively the same as any rural communities that can be seen on the maps.
John, you, me and the little goggle man can’t help but wonder why would you want a lush green lawn or grow crops in the desert where there is no rain., beyond my understanding
It is, but I have researched this photo and have found that there are even bigger open pit mines some a mile across and a half a mile deep, but for copper, silver and gold folks are willing to do it.it does leave sad.
What is a Cactus mine? Can’t figure that out..humm
Well, by any name it is still a open pit copper mine, a mine that was abandoned in 84 when bought to be reopened they have tried to address environmental issues, such as groundwater contamination maybe Cactus sounds better than big black hope in the ground, who knows?
Thanks for the info.
you’re welcome, it is interesting
Thanks, you know when i fly, which I don’t do much, I never know what I will see below, given flight paths, weather conditions and the side of the plane I choose, still grateful for what I do see.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
thanks , you’re welcome
It’s pleasure of mine ❤️ stay blessed ❣️💕
Thanks, it was a view I never expected, it made me want to return and explore on the ground