R. Star wrote:
I always had the impression that Bajor was evacuated very quickly, in a few hours time window and they didn't have time to destroy everything they left behind. Much like the US evacuation of Saigon.
Self destruct tends to take 5 minutes, I think the explanation that they thought they'd be back is more realistic.
This doesn't explain yet what a mining station would be doing far away from mines, though.
Weren't the mines on Bajor mostly on the surface, maybe the odd moon.
Why ship raw ore up to the station to process when you could just build a processing plant on the surface and ship the refined product?