Traveled in a straight line for 5000 blocks using this pattern:
(2x1 tunnel with 1x1 peek holes every 3rd block)
This is what was acquired:
PS: took about 8 hours, next time ill keep better track of time ;)
I meant the google picture. Thanks.
This is the best way of mining diamonds i know. it exposes the most blocks per block dug. Branch mining is a good name for it - i tend to call it pokey holes.
I usually mine in a straight line though. Less efficient on diamonds but you find more mineshafts.
Yeah, this is very close in design to my strip mining operation I have at another location. This is a good set of images to show the simple analysis of this dig pattern. I was digging an adjacent shaft every 3 blocks, but this one does it every 4 blocks, and appears to being still yielding great results due to how the ore chunks are built/generated in the map. I will probably implement this new method you showed next time.
Great stuff. Thanks so much for sharing!! Appreciate it. :D