In Europe, there are 30 000 flooded mines with treasures. Their prey will be engaged in underwater robot

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In Europe, there are 30 000 flooded mines with treasures. Their prey will be engaged in underwater robot

Today in Europe there are about 30,000 abandoned mines, which for hundreds of years were flooded with water. In most cases, they were abandoned people, not because they ran out of jewelry, and due to the lack of money to continue operations. Some of them are still can remain huge reserves of minerals, which is possible, and even necessary to produce. But how do you know that the water really something? In search of jewelry can help , able to sink to greater depth.

The Robotic diver is called the UX-1 Robotic Explorer, and at the moment it's being tested inside the abandoned mines Finland, Slovenia, Portugal and the UK. He is able to move through the tunnels for five hours without stopping, and thanks to the five built-in cameras to show researchers each wall, turn and collapse inside a flooded mine.

in the mine — the harsh reality

Of Course, the researchers could study the ancient tunnels with the help of old maps, but they are unlikely to be accurate. The fact that the mines are at a depth of not less than 500 meters from the surface of the earth, and under the influence of water formed inside of them collapses. Preparation of relevant maps can be divers, but in the course of tunnels, they can die under new landslides. So why should they risk their lives if this work can do the robot?

Robot for mining

Lowering the robot to a greater depth, the researchers can easily identify the presence of minerals, depending on the camera and the composition of the water. If they find signs of the presence of jewelry, they can pump water from the mines and do the mining.

Thus, in the near future abandoned mines can have a second life. The main thing now — to create the final version of the robot that can descend to a depth of over 500 meters, and to move independently in unfamiliar places. Today's version of such skills can not boast, so researchers control them at a distance, through a special remote.

the deepest mine in the world

The Record for depth is the mine called "Tau Tona", which is located in South Africa. It is considered the reason for starting the so-called gold rush in which all and Sundry began to hunt for gold bullion. By 1980, the mine produced about 36,000 tons of gold, and at this point its depth is 3,900 metres.

the Descent into the mine "Tau Tona"

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