Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bingham Canyon, Utah

The biggest Copper Mine in the world is located in Utah, United States. This mine is still digging and about 100 feet deeper each year. Since 1906 have produce more that six billion tons of rock have been moved from this pit to extract to be 18.1 tons of copper.

Valley mining

Copper valley mining

right side valley

left side valley

From 1906 to know this mine has resulted in the creation of a pit over 0.76 miles (1.2 km) deep, 2.5 miles (4 km) wide and covering 1,900 acres (7.7 km2). The company that exploit this mine was named Bingham Canyon Open Pit Copper Mine.

What is produced on this mine?

The extracted ore is run through concentrator, where huge grinding mills reduce it to the consistency of face powder. Flotation then separates the gangue from the metallicferous particle, which float off as 28 percent concentrate of copper along with lesser amounts of silver, gold, lead, molybdenum, platinum and palladium. On the year of 2004 this mine produce more than 17 million tons of copper, 715 ton of gold, 5,900 ton of silver, and 386,000 ton of molybdenum. The value of metals produced in 2006 at Bingham Canyon was US$ 1.8 billion.

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