National Geographic : 1961 Aug
Gaping Holes and Crumbling Walls Bespeak the Ruin of a Tin Mine Producer of tin since ancient times, Corn wall once kept hundreds of pits working. Today most of the mines stand abandoned. Gorse and briar tug at roofless buildings, and wind moans through the holes of one time windows. Miners scattered across the globe, many settling in the American West. Here at Botallack one shaft reached out beneath the sea. When at work, miners could hear the water rolling massive boul ders on the ocean bottom above them. Tin-veined inferno 2,000 feet down tests the endurance of miners. Temperatures range above 100° F., and water oozing from rock is hot enough for tea. In this Camborne mine, one of two still active in Cornwall, photographer Goodman lost six pounds.