Bingham Canyon Mine

Local nameBingham Canyon Mine
LocationSalt Lake City, USA

The Bingham Canyon Mine, more commonly known as Kennecott Copper Mine among locals, is an open-pit mining operation extracting a large porphyry copper deposit southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the Oquirrh Mountains. The mine is the largest man-made excavation in the world and is considered to have produced more copper than any other mine in history – more than 19 million tons. The mine is owned by Rio Tinto Group, a British-Australian multinational corporation. The copper operations at Bingham Canyon Mine are managed through Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation which operates the mine, a concentrator plant, a smelter, and a refinery. The mine has been in production since 1906, and has resulted in the creation of a pit over 0.6 miles deep, 2.5 miles wide, and covering 1,900 acres. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966 under the name Bingham Canyon Open Pit Copper Mine. The mine experienced a massive landslide in April 2013 and a smaller slide in September 2013.

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Carr Fork Canyon as seen… @ Feininger, Andreas, 1906-1999, photographer

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Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bingham_Canyon_Mine

Address 84006, United States

Coordinates 40°31'51.489" N -112°8'27.664" E

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