This truck, known as a blower, sits at the entrance to Coober Pedy. Blowers are a unique Coober Pedy invention, essentially a giant vacuum cleaner used to extract opal from the diggings.
Coober Pedy is sometimes referred to as the "opal capital of the world" because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. It is renowned for its below-ground residences, called "dugouts", which are built due to the scorching daytime heat. The name "Coober Pedy" comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means "white man's hole".
Opal was found in Coober Pedy on 1 February 1915; since then the town has been supplying most of the world's gem-quality opal. Coober Pedy relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainability. There are over 70 opal fields making it the largest opal mining area in the world. ~Wikipedia
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