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Miner at Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall

Miner at work with a drill underground (below the sea) in Geevor Tin Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall, which was just about to cease operation. Date: circa 1986

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This evocative photograph captures the raw essence of traditional tin mining in Cornwall, England, as it was coming to an end in the late 1980s. The image, taken at the Geevor Tin Mine in Pendeen, Cornwall, depicts a lone miner deep underground, poised to drill into the mine's rich veins of tin ore. The mine, which had been in operation since the late 18th century, was just about to cease production due to declining profits and the increasing automation of the industry. The miner in the photograph wears a traditional Cornish mining helmet, complete with a safety lamp, to protect him from falling rocks and the low-lying coal dust that filled the mine's tunnels. His face is etched with the grime and sweat of a long day's labor, a testament to the physical demands of the job. The miner's drill, a long, cumbersome tool, is poised to strike the mine wall, its bit glinting in the dim light of the lamp. The Geevor Tin Mine was located near the coast, and the sea could be heard lapping at the mine's entrance, adding to the sense of isolation and otherworldliness. The mine's proximity to the sea also meant that the miners worked in a constantly damp and humid environment, making their work even more challenging. This photograph is a poignant reminder of the hardships and sacrifices endured by the Cornish miners who labored in the region's tin mines for generations. It is a testament to their resilience and determination, and a reminder of the rich industrial heritage of Cornwall and its people.

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