Also keep water, I never took People's advice because I'm not silly enough to die
From lava but so you can turn lava caves into obsidian and cover much more ground if you find a cave.
this is a very effective method if you are mining along layer 11 (12.620 eyes). the link in my sig shows how it can be easily done. even though the OP was written almost 2 years ago, the method is still sound and actually improved a bit with ravines. I have found things like 5 enormous intersecting ravines at layer 11 with floors completely made of lava and diamonds in the walls. this allows you to see a massive surface area at diamond levels extremely quickly without even mining.
the final post of the thread briefly details my new method as well, which can lead to multiple diamond veins in a short period of time like this...
strictly strip mining on any single layer is a highly inefficient way of mining.
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