17. When looking for diamonds, search between 9 to 15 blocks above the bottommost layer of adminium (so anywhere from 4 to 10 blocks above the top layer of adminium.)
18. Dig around the shore of lava pools to open up access to new cave systems.
18. Pay attention to sounds in caves. Splashes don't happen naturally, it's always the result of a Mob hitting water.
19. Bring a Stack of Wheat and a Workbench with you on every cave expedition. You can carry more wheat than you can loaves of bread in a single square, and this will keep you in health the entire exploration.
#? (i think its 22) a 3x3 or a 5x5 strip mine down to bedrock (with a ladder so you can get up/down faster)
is the best way to find stuff, dig it out from your house a little, if its empty cover it up, if not dig a tunnel from your house to the mine, then you can try again if you dont find anything (I've only ever had to dig a second shaft) or out a little on the bottom of the mine.
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