Kennecott Pit Mine

May 12, 2005

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Provided and copyright by: Dale Chadwick
Summary authors & editors: Dale Chadwick

The photo above showing the snow covered Kennecott Mine in Bingham Canyon, Utah was taken on April 1, 2005. This mine produces copper, molybdenum, gold, and silver. At one time this cavity was actually a substantial hill. Mining started here (northern Utah) in the 1860s, and in 1906 open pit mining began. Some 16 billion tons of rock and low-grade ore have been removed to create a pit 2½ mile wide and ¾ mile deep. It takes 410 tons of ore to yield approximately 1,600 lbs of copper and one ounce of gold.

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