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  • Rebecca van den Heuvel

    The Bingham Canyon Mine is a copper mine in the Oquirrh mountains, Utah. The mine is 0.75 mile (1.2 km) deep, 2.5 miles (4 km) wide. It is the world’s largest manmade excavation.

  • Karen Ambrogi

    #1 of 10 Most Incredible Earth Scars. Bingham Canyon Mine, USA So here it is, the carbuncle supremo, Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah, the world’s biggest manmade pit. This mammoth mine measures 4 km wide and drops a stomach-churning 1.2 km into the ground, the result of extraction begun in 1863. The ore-inspiring fruits of its labour include more than 17 million tonnes of copper and 715 tonnes of gold – a mental load of metal.

  • Nick Paloukos

    The Bingham Canyon Mine is an open-pit mining operation extracting a large porphyry copper deposit southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, in the Oquirrh Mountains. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966

  • Cathy M

    clip art and picture: most amazing pictures in the world

  • Bernard Limoges

    Mine de Bingham Canyon, Utah

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