<p><br> Modern tunneling technology has replaced the old means of picks and shovels in the opal mines of Coober Pedy, South Australia. After tunneling, the sandstone will be "noodled"—or searched—under UV light in pursuit of the gemstones.</p>

Mine Tunnel


Modern tunneling technology has replaced the old means of picks and shovels in the opal mines of Coober Pedy, South Australia. After tunneling, the sandstone will be "noodled"—or searched—under UV light in pursuit of the gemstones.

Photograph by Daniel R. Westergren

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