Bingham Canyon copper mine

Bingham Canyon copper mine

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Caption: Bingham Canyon copper mine. Mining excavators and trucks on roads built into the stepped sides of an open-pit copper mine. This is Bingham Canyon Mine, an open-pit mining operation south-west of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the Oquirrh Mountains. This mine, the deepest open-pit mine in the world, is owned by the Rio Tinto Group and managed through Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation. It has been in operation since 1906, with the excavations nearly a kilometre deep and four kilometres across. Photographed in July 2015.

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