Copper smelting plant, Utah, USA

Copper smelting plant, Utah, USA

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Caption: Copper smelting plant. Smelting is the process of removing pure metal from its ore. This is achieved by heating the oxidized ore in the presence of a reducing agent and a fluxing agent. This is the Rio Tinto Kennecott plant, located between the Oquirrh Mountains and Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA.

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