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I've got some TNT and a way to set it off, but I'm scared I might destroy precious minerals like diamonds, redstone or gold. Is there a way to set it off, but in a safe way? I know water stops it but then the TNT wouldn't do anything.

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I am tempted to say this is a duplicate of this –  user9983 May 12 '12 at 21:21
    
This could cover it as well. –  Joe the Person May 12 '12 at 22:55
    
It's a good way to get deep. But once on the right level, TNT should not be used. What do you mean by "set it off" ? –  Depado May 14 '12 at 9:11
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If by a safe way you mean one where the TNT wouldn't destroy valuable resources, then no.

TNT is somewhat impractical for mining, because only about 30%-ish of the destroyed resources actually drop as items (wiki). So if you don't want to risk destroying diamonds and such, don't use TNT — at least when you're deep enough for the resources to occur.

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