Owner: Rio Tinto
Type of Mine: Copper
Location: Utah, United States of America
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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