Posted in the New Zealand Herald 12:23 pm Tuesday May 05, 2009
Mine tailings litter the Olympic Opal Field on the outskirts of the South Australian mining town Coober Pedy.
The town is known as the opal capital of the world because of the quantity of the precious gems that have been mined there since they were first found in 1915.
It is also famous for most of the residents living below ground – mostly in old mines refurbished – due to the scorching daytime heat.
* Click the gallery link for NZ Herald photographer Paul Estcourt’s photo essay on the area.