Chuquica­ma­ta cop­per mine in Chile

Chuquicamata copper mine in Chile
Chuquica­ma­ta cop­per mine in Chile
Credit: DLR

Chuquicamata copper mine in Chile

The Chuquica­ma­ta cop­per mine in north­ern Chile is the sec­ond largest open pit cop­per mine on Earth. The enor­mous ex­tent of the pit tes­ti­fies to the huge mass that has been re­moved. Cov­er­ing an area of about 13 square kilo­me­tres, the rock has been mined to a depth of over 850 me­tres. The city of Cala­ma can be seen in the cen­tre of the im­age, ap­prox­i­mate­ly 10 kilo­me­tres from the open pit.

The Chuquicamata copper mine in northern Chile is the second largest open pit copper mine on Earth. The enormous extent of the pit testifies to the huge mass that has been removed. Covering an area of about 13 square kilometres, the rock has been mined to a depth of over 850 metres. The city of Calama can be seen in the centre of the image, approximately 10 kilometres from the open pit.

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