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July 09, 2007

Bring graph paper, 500' of rope and a ten-foot pole

Stone mined to build Bath has left a village undermined. Now 15km of underground roads have been built to reach and fill the voids. This BBC video conveys the scale of the problem.

Miners from Wales are helping to save hundreds of homes from collapse in one of England's most picturesque cities. They cross the Severn Bridge each day to stabilise stone mines underneath Bath, amid fears for houses above its historic Combe Down mines. Miles of mining tunnels run beneath the city, some of them only about 2m (6ft) below the surface.

It is not clear to me how foamed concrete squares with preserving archaeological features of note or habitat for rare Greater Horseshoe bats and endangered Gelatinous Cubes. Depressing thought: A subsiding miner's cottage on the outskirts of Bath is well beyond my means; £350,000 manages a semi-detached (must consider larger tip-jar).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 9, 2007 06:51 AM


My wife thinks that the concept of a gelatinous cube is hilarious. I fear them whenever I am inspecting an abandoned structure and always send co-op student worker (I mean expendable NPCs) ahead into dark rooms. You know, I think from now on when I hire temp student workers, I am going to get NPC in small letters on the back of their hardhats.. Sort of the way my wife is making me a shirt with AFK on the chest..


Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 9, 2007 09:18 AM