** Warning to the public. This is a restricted area. **
No admittance without a hard hat.
This crepe paperly roped-off area is the entrance to a diamond mine in Southern Africa.
Enter at your own risk.
Maybe, just maybe, you'll find something of value.
If you don't die first.
Gearing up. Miner's helmet required.
The inside of the mine (lit up by flash photography).
Diamonds are formed only in black carbon rock, which you can see, is a rarity in itself.
This miner prepares to enter the mine with her lifeline tied around her waist.
It's a tight squeeze!
Success! Riches! Wealth! It's mine, ALL MINE!
After a long day in the mine, the reward is worth it.
Another example of why I love homeschooling. This was so fun! (And the kids kinda liked it too.)