The world's 10 highest mines

Transporting workers and heavy machinery can be a challenge for any mine, but there's one part of the world where mining has a whole other level of complexity: an elevation of more than 4,000 metres.

Here's where the world's 10 highest mines are located.

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#1 Aguilucho
Elevation: 4,991 metres
Location: Chile
Owner: Grupo Cenizas
Type: Open-Pit copper mine


#2 Bolivar
Elevation: 4,958 metres
Location: Bolivia
Owner: Compañía Minera Bolívar
Type: Underground lead, silver, tin, and zinc mine


#3 Acumulacion Mariela
Elevation: 4,949 metres
Location: Peru
Owner: Apumayo
Type: Open-pit gold mine


#4 Ares (Closed)
Elevation: 4,929 metres
Location: Peru
Owner: Minera Ares
Type: Underground gold and silver mine
Note: Ares is a mine/processing facility. It closed in second quarter 2014.


#5 Santa Rosa
Elevation: 4,866 metres
Location: Peru
Owner: COMARSA
Type: Open-Pit gold and silver mine


#6 Caylloma
Elevation: 4,865 metres
Location: Peru
Owner: Minera Bateas
Type of mine: Underground copper, gold, lead, silver, and zinc mine

Elevation: 4,865 metres Location: Peru Owned by Fortuna Silver Mines

Caylloma mine in Peru. Elevation is 4,865 metres. Source: Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.


#7 Toromocho
Elevation: 4,813 metres
Location: Peru
Owner: Minera Chinalco Peru
Type: Open-pit copper, molybdenum, and silver mine


#8 Solitaria
Elevation: 4,811 metres
Location: Peru
Owner: Compania Minera San Valentin S.A.
Type: Underground copper, lead, silver, and zinc mine


#9 Raura
Elevation: 4,791 metres
Location: Peru
Owner: Minera Raura
Type: Open-Pit and underground copper, lead, silver, and zinc mine


#10 Corihuarmi
Elevation: 4,791 metres
Location: Peru
Owner: Minera IRL
Type: Open-pit gold mine


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