Bingham Canyon Mine

Bingham Canyon Mine

Owner: Rio Tinto

Type of Mine: Copper

Location: Utah, United States of America

Built: 1904

Visible from outer space and also known as the Kennecott Copper mine, the Bingham Canyon Mine is the deepest open-pit mine in the world today. First discovered by Mormon pioneers in the mid-1800s, its over 1.2 km deep, 2.5 miles wide and covers 7.7 km².  Surprisingly, despite having begun production in 1904, the mine is under expansion and is expected to produce until 2030.

Image courtesy photoQphotography; Bingham Canyon Mine, 21 March 2010

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