Bingham Canyon Mine is Deepest Open-Pit Mine in the World
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Bingham Canyon Mine is Deepest Open-Pit Mine in the World

Located 10 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah is the deepest open-pit mine in the world called the Bingham Canyon Mine. The mine is also known as the Kennecott Copper Mine. The mine is primarily a copper mine, and they have been digging at the Bingham Canyon Mine since 1903. At present, the Bingham Canyon Mine is over three-quarters of a mile deep, which makes it the deepest open-pit mine in the world.

The Bingham Canyon Mine is primarily a copper mine, though an impressive amount of gold and silver have also been mined here, and they have been digging at the Bingham Canyon Mine since 1903. At present, the Bingham Canyon Mine is over three-quarters of a mile deep, which makes it the deepest open-pit mine in the world.

Bingham Canyon Mine is Deepest Open-Pit Mine in World and is Owned by Rio Tinto

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The mine is so large that is can easily be seen from space. Today, the Bingham Canyon Mine is huge operation owned by the mining conglomerate called Rio Tinto Group. Rio Tinto is a public company, and anyone reading this can buy stock in the company, and thereby own a piece of the Bingham Canyon Mine.

With a stock symbol of RIO on the New York Stock exchange, Rio Tinto stock has a total value of some $100 billion dollars. The company had $60 billion dollars in sales over the last 12 months.

Bingham Canyon Mine is Over 2,000 Acres Large and Can Be Seen From Space

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The Bingham Canyon Mine is now roughly 4,000 feet deep, or about three-quarters of a mile. It is also about 2.75 miles wide, and covers nearly 2,000 acres. To date, the Bingham Canyon Mine, which is also sometimes called the Kennecott Copper Mine, has produced roughly 19 million tons of copper, as well as 25 million ounces of gold, over 200 million ounces of silver, and about one billion pounds of molybdenum.  

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It is estimated that the Bingham Canyon Mine has enough proven reserves to stay open and keep producing until 2019. It's very likely the company will keep the mine running for years after that, as they explore the surrounding areas. 

As one can imagine, the Bingham County Mine is a large employer in Utah. The mine has roughly 1,800 employees, and also hires many contractors to work at the site. On a yearly basis, the mine produces 300,000 tons of copper, 500,000 ounces of gold, and 4 million announces of silver.

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The Bingham Canyon Mine is so large it can easily be viewed from space. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. There is a visitor center, overlook, and a museum at the Bingham Canyon Mine that are open to the public daily from April through the end of October.

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Comments (3)

Good pics even look ancient.

Well done, Joe! You always come up with fabulous articles. Thank you my friend!

Amazing photos and information about Bingham Canyon Mine!

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