Waterladder down to level 10 to avoid the lava, a room every three blocks down, every room contains a branch mine thats got a main 3x3 hallway 80 blocks out from my waterladder, and each branch goes out 16 blocks, a torch every ten blocks. Every floor is completed by the time I abandon the mine, and every abandoned mine gets turned into a massive mob grinder.
Sure, I miss a few levels due to stopping above lava, but my branches aren't interrupted by lava pools.
Dig a 3x2 tunnel down to level 6, dig a network of 3x2 tunnels and then branch mine out of those every 4 blocks. Not as effective for getting every bit of ore, but more efficient in terms of getting ore per amount of rock removed. Then repeat at level 9, level 12, level 15 and level 18.
i made a whole thread about my own little technique, its the best mining method ive ever found. it has by far the highest return of diamonds/minute over any other method ive seen posted by others(ive tried them all). link is in my sig, includes a video tutorial someone made of it.
but dont take my word for it...
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At layer 12 I've found 69 diamonds in 35 minutes. This is an amazing revelation for me. Also, I have countless stacks of obsidian now. Thanks for this OP.
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This forum has made me decide that I now want kids, so that when they get old enough, I can forbid them from coming here. it's a terrible place.
Stairs down to bedrock, go up 3-5 blocks from bedrock, super speed mining to the right till I stumble across a natural cave, mine all resources out of natural cave, expand the cave in all directions, spend 38262754 hours trying to find my way back, finally find surface by just digging all the way up one block, spend 10-15 minutes finding my house again.
Everytime. But hey, the :Diamond:'s don't lie baby :iapprove:.