Monday, November 16, 2015

World's Largest Open Pit Copper Mine

We took a tour of the world's largest open pit copper mine outside of Calama, Chile. The mine is 5 km long, 3 km wide, and 1 km deep. We's HUGE!!

This little town, Chuquicamata, was once filled with the mining families. Then they learned that exposure to the elements from the open pit mine were creating lots of health issues with the children born and living there. So they moved everyone out and it's now an abandoned town.


This beautiful cathedral is still maintained at the town plaza at Chuquicamata.

This begins the outskirts of the mine. All red trucks are related to the mining industry - the mines and the contractors. And they're all over the place throughout our mission.

These large trucks are humongous!!! The driver is on the top right corner. All drivers drive on the left hand side of the road because these trucks have a 24 meter blind spot.

Can you see the trucks moving along the roads leading up and down into the mine?

This rock has copper all through it.

We had to wear our hard hats even while on the bus! Great trip!!

1 comment:

  1. Whoa! This makes the Bingham Canyon Mine look like a hobbit hole...