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What the global mining industry looks like

@cally_emily

From drone footage to selfies, here is a real life snapshot of the global mining industry.

We’ve all seen pictures of super pits and sunburnt earth, but newcomers to the mining industry often find so much more beyond these clichés. So what does mining life around the world really look like? We take a peek at the best images that represent our experiences in mining.

The equipment

These are the big guns that mining is renowned for: shovels, draglines, explosives and, who could forget, the colossal bucket wheel excavator. We take them for granted as part and parcel of mining life, but we forget that most people never get the opportunity to see (much less operate) equipment of this magnitude.

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Pilbara sunset, photo by @antfahey

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Volvo vs. Cat, photo by@mardiansyah.jr

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Roy Hill painted several trucks pink to support awareness of women's breast cancer. 

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Bucket wheel excavator @mrhomadhanus 

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Inspection time by @ocky_riadi 

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Photo by @ranggadhia

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Project sampling Nickel loss - 1100 degrees Celsius, photo by @yaasiinsalam10 

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Bucket chair by @tamz666

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Parked up, photo of a Kennecott copper D10

The personalities

Mining would be nothing without the people. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

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Those fly out day feels! Photo by@ma.arif_zaynal

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Man and machine, photo by @dhennyajie

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A windy shot by @jesscraigie87

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Mining in the Arctic with @jstasovac

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Team in high-vis PPE, photo by @tari29

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@frothonlife and his stunt double

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Who needs a beach when you have an Iron Ore mine? Photo by @kyromillar85

The scenery

The raw beauty of the Australian mining landscape is often overlooked and unappreciated. In reality, the scenery can be quite striking; a spectacle, even.

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Blasting with a view

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Morning view from the rig by @tari29

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The conveyor pumping out coal at Grosvenor Coal Mine - Queensland. Photo by @nick.hatzi

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Atacama salt flat, the largest lithium deposit currently in production, Mexico.

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Amazing colours of the pit by @gaunty91

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Utah potash mine

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Morenci Copper Mine, located in Arizona, photo by @rcsiegrist

Have you got a photo you’d like to share of your life in mining? Tag #facesofmining to get featured on our Instagram page.