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#1

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 03:24 PM

The best way to mine is to use a technique called drift mining.
How to
:D First, find a location for your mine
:Diamond: Then, begin by digging in a stairlike fashion untill you reach bedrock
:Diamond: Next, dig up in a stairlike fashion until you reach a height of 14-16 blocks above the bedrock
Note: This is the ideal place for ores!
:Diamond: Dig a long 2x1 hallway as long as you want (you can always extend it later)
Note: This will be the base of your strip mine in witch everything else will branch off.
:Diamond: dig in this way

:Diamond:  :Diamond:  :Lime:  :Diamond:  :Diamond:
[]  []  :Lime:  []  []
[]  []  :Lime:  []  []
:Diamond:  :Diamond:  :Lime:  :Diamond:  :Diamond:
[]  []  :Lime:  []  []
[]  []  :Lime:  []  []
:Diamond:  :Diamond:  :Lime:  :Diamond:  :Diamond:

Green is your main hallway it is 2x1, diamonds are branching halways they are also 2x1

This is to maximize ores

digging with 1 space in between is less effective because you will see that 1 space in two tunnels thus making it a waste because you only need to see it once to recognize if it has ores or not. Two spaces maximizes surface area. (THAT WAS IMPORTANT)



Hope this helps with those diamonds.

MaxMutt3 said:

I was wondering, how did all of you get into this game?

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god told me to buy minecraft

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 03:48 PM

You stole the idea from Surelog on youtube.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 04:06 PM

Whatever. It still IS a good idea though. But he should have given credits indeed.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 04:20 PM

I am sorry guys but i have found this in multiple places the original idea source is unknown i didn't get this idea from that person ^^ but I got it from this guy: http://www.youtube.c...PZ?blend=2&ob=1

MaxMutt3 said:

I was wondering, how did all of you get into this game?

Razorblack said:

god told me to buy minecraft

MaxMutt3 said:

epic

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 05:04 PM

Interesting idea. Gotta try it out now :grass:.

If you have a large natural cave system, it would be good to explore that as well, as exploring will likely cover more area faster than digging, which can be slow.

If you're not going for the most valuable things like diamonds, then mining with :grass: can actually be effective if you can find enough creepers. A couple of :grass: can blow a good size crater. It tends to be destructive and doesn't seem to recover all of the blocks, though, so I wouldn't recommend it for the more valuable ores.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 05:54 PM

Seems pretty effective. Got some redstone and diamond already. Definitely much faster than trying to strip mine an area.

To make things a bit less claustrophobic and to ensure my tunnels go the same length, I've kinda modified it to have a larger primary tunnel and two service tunnels on the ends of my branches. But it still covers a lot of area quickly - I may start using this method to find coal and iron as well.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 06:05 PM

I've also taken up a tactic for managing lava - instead of digging diamond out directly, I bring a block of water with and place it above the diamond block and mine through the water. It extinguishes lava pretty much instantly, and at least in my tunnels lava seems to be a big problem. My first diamond find was cut short by lava - and I didn't want to repeat that again.
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#8

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 09:38 PM

Well, to clarify you do not need to have all of the tunnels be the same length, but if you are the type of person who needs that to happen you could do a little something like this:

:P  :Diamond:  :Diamond:  :Lime:  :Diamond:  :Diamond:  :Diamond:
:Diamond:  []  []  :Lime:  []  []  :Diamond:
:Diamond:  []  []  :Lime:  []  []  :Diamond:
:Diamond:  :Diamond:  :Diamond:  :Lime:  :Diamond:  :Diamond:  :Diamond:
:Diamond:  []  []  :Lime:  []  []  :Diamond:
:Diamond:  []  []  :Lime:  []  []  :Diamond:
:Diamond:  :Diamond:  :Diamond:  :Lime:  :Diamond:  :Diamond:  :Diamond:


Dig a tunnel as far as you want it then dig perpendicular for as far as the future tunnels will go wide.
Then if your next tunnel reaches the perpendicular tunnel you know it is even.
Remember this is not as efficient, but it will make the tunnels the same length

MaxMutt3 said:

I was wondering, how did all of you get into this game?

Razorblack said:

god told me to buy minecraft

MaxMutt3 said:

epic

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 10:09 PM

The service tunnel idea, when done properly, should save a lot of time running up and down long corridors, especially if you want to extend the tunnels later.

It will also make re-lighting torches easier once they become temporary. Again, less running up and down long corridors.

The idea actually came a bit from the chunnel, which has two primary tunnels and a service tunnel. Granted, Minecraft does not currently require tunnel maintenance, but temporary torches will add a level of maintenance.
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Posted 10 October 2010 - 04:46 PM

The idea of a perpendicular tunnel is also good if you want mine cart tracks to line one of the main tunnels and then travel down it. After that you could choose any tunnel you want to extend and go from there. The perpendicular tunnel would decrease the amount of mine cart tracks needed. As for the above post, it is most likely that notch will add lanterns so that they are more permanent, thus depleting the need for a maintenance tunnel. However these thoughts are good and innovation upon this idea is good.  You could also make drift mine webs however this would be more complicated and would take a lot of planing in order to maximize efficiency. As always you could start a new drift mine elsewhere.

MaxMutt3 said:

I was wondering, how did all of you get into this game?

Razorblack said:

god told me to buy minecraft

MaxMutt3 said:

epic

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 04:31 AM

Bump

MaxMutt3 said:

I was wondering, how did all of you get into this game?

Razorblack said:

god told me to buy minecraft

MaxMutt3 said:

epic

#12

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 12:22 PM

daboom4299 said:

Bump
That' cheating! :)


This is already in the forum, and give credits in your stolen idea!

Idea origin isn't unknown in the general sense ... >.>

Origins: viewtopic.php?f=35&t=28299
Credits: Featherblade

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(yes, indeed ln(-1)*π^-1=sqrt(-1) from tweaking e^((sqrt(-1))*π)=-1 :))


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Posted 24 November 2010 - 12:45 PM

Despite what Notch says, the best way to mine is down.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 12:54 PM

That's the way that I do my test mines, really good for finding coal and iron as well.  I've got chests full of coal and iron from doing branch mining.
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#15

kammy2000

Posted 22 November 2012 - 03:13 AM

My favorite way of mining is TNT mining. I think I'm the only one who does it, or at least does,it alot. The name says it all. You acquire a lot of TnT and (really far away from your house) plant it and blow up the ground. Once you get down far enough, you should start getting a lot of ores from it. I think it's really fun to try out. I usually do this in Creative mode though, due to the dangers.

#16

gobblahdo

Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:28 PM

I like quarry mining and branch mining.