Hell's Half-Million Acres

Hell's Half-Million AcresHell’s Half-Million Acres is the name given to the enormous opencast pit mine operation near Blackrock City. It is the largest, but by no means the only, surface diamond mining operation on Dukkha.

The mine is a hive of chaotic activity. Dumpers haul rock torn from the walls of the mine up wide ramps while bucket-wheel excavators carve deep trenches into the surface of the planet. Amid the massive vehicles swarm thousands of wildcat miners who scan and dig for carbonado deposits as if their lives depended on it.

The diamond rush on Dukkha is operating a few steps ahead of things like law and order, and the mine itself is a free-for-all in terms of ownership. Mining crews are often organized around single excavators and the dump trucks who transport the rocks to nearby processing facilities, often under guard. The mining operations lie in a legal grey area since Dukkha has not been completely terraformed and has no central government. The small mining gangs are in it to strike it rich and get off-planet before Corone or the Alliance shows up. Time is running out.

Hell's Half-Million Acres

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