111 - 22nd March 2006 - Potosi - Mining Excursion


Miner Kim


Miner Gary


Miner Sharon


Miner Chris


Bhanu, Gary, Chris, Pip, Kim & Sharon


Our guide - Obbit


Dynamite


Demonstrating how to put the fuse into the dynamite to make an explosion


Chris & the dynamite


The “shop” we bought our dynamite from


We also bought coca leaves and cigarettes for the miners


the miners market where they get all of their supplies


buying coca leaves


view from the market, the mines are behind the cloud


street near the miners market in Potosi


view from the mineral extraction factory


part of the extraction process is warming the metals up


and separating them


the factory doorway


Health and safety eat your heart out....


extracting machine


molten silver


molten zinc


silver at the top, zinc at the bottom


view of Potosi


pigs in potosi


Pip doing a LaLa impression


ammonium nitrate, stick of dynamite (nitro glycerine), 1 minute fuse wire


we took the dynamite out of the paper


rolled it into a ball


wrapped the paper back around to keep it enclosed


put the fuse wire in the top and then into the bag with the ammonium nitrate


kim making her explosive


Gary with his


Sharon


Bhanu


the bomb squad!


we then lit them and scarpered up the hill - the guide said the fuse would be about 5 minutes, however realistically it was 1 and my one went off as we were climbing back up the hill! oops!


I guess this tourist didn't get away quick enough!


getting out of the way of the explosions


bang!


the guide and sharon after our explosions


inside the mine


Chris mining


we spent about an hour and a half inside and were glad to get back to fresh air