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I noticed that when my feet aren't firmly placed on the ground, it takes a significantly longer time to mine blocks, even with high-end tools. Is there a factor that mining time is increased by for these conditions? If so, what is it?

  • "when my feet aren't firmly placed on the ground" → well, you can mine while on a ladder. I'm pretty sure this qualifies as you describe, but it still mines fast enough. Maybe you want to reword your question... :) – Denilson Sá Maia Nov 12 '10 at 11:11
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Mining while underwater or swimming takes 5 times as long.

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    But note that it only happens if you are underwater. If you mine a block that is underwater, but you are off the water, then there is no speed penalty. – Denilson Sá Maia Nov 12 '10 at 11:12

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