Abandoned Mines and Their Issues Go Viral
It’s far from rock bottom. In part thanks to the online videos of subterranean explorers, abandoned mines in North America and beyond are returning to the forefront of the public’s imagination. What, people are asking, do we do with them now? In Canada, extensive mining areas with minimal public facilities are largely open to exploration, and in Australia, more than 60,000 mines reportedly sit unused. While experts warn that entering an abandoned shaft is risky, many are still drawn to the chance to be a pioneer, bringing forgotten tunnels to light.