Dig out a box that is about 3x3x10. On the far side start your first tunnel. Move over two blocks, and start your second tunnel, but dig down to level 13 to start this tunnel. Move over two more blocks after this and begin a third tunnel, this time using level 15 again. Continue this process alternating tunnels until the end of the room is reached.
After this Go to the opposite corner and dig down 4 levels to level 11. Dig another 3x3x10 room directly under the first. Dig the same pattern in the second room as in the first. To finish off simply choose a tunnel and dig it as long as you want, then start on the next.
Why this works
This method, as previously stated, covers 66% of all blocks in the search for ores. The goal of mining is not to get the greatest number of ores possible from a given space, but it is to get the greatest number of ores in a minimum amount of time. The only way that a vein of ore will not be found, is if it exclusively in one of the 1x2 blind spots. If an ore is in the blind spot it is most likely a small vein of two blocks, and therefore it is not necessary to find it.
|Grey squares are tunnels, yellow squares are |
exposed squares, white squares are blind spots.
QOTD: What are your mining techniques? Are they different from mine?