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The Expedition. A group of speleologists ascended the mountain toward the "cave". Mine tunnels are hidden beneath a mountain overgrown with trees. Trees were drowning in the fog.

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The history of mining in the area of Kletno dates back to the thirteenth century. Initially miners extracted ores of iron, copper, lead and silver. The darkest period began after World War II when the Soviet Union, under Stalin’s command, searched frenziedly for uranium with which to build an atomic bomb. Extraction of the deposits began in 1948 and went on until 1953. During this time 20 tons of uranium were excavated, creating 37km of tunnels in the process. The temperature in the tunnels is approximately 7°C

Canon 80D, Canon 18-135 mm / 3.5-5.6

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