From space, the land it looks like a smooth, blue-green marble stone, slowly rotating around the sun. But the vision is very different on the ground. Millions of years of tectonic upheaval and erosion, as well as thousands of years of human modification, have created a broken surface with rugged areas, deep ravines, and other fantastic features. Among these formations stand out the great holes that can be found all over the planet.
Some of these holes are natural and others are made by men. Most of these depressions They are not a problem for man, although sometimes large holes have appeared in cities with impressive measurements. Today we are talking about one of these "holes": the Bingham Copper mine.
Nothing inspires a person to dig a hole as big as the promise of a lot of money. This is exactly what led the owners of the Utah Copper Company to buy a portion of Bingham Canyon, Utah on June 4, 1903. Excavation began in 1906 when workers began using steam shovels, conveyors, trucks, and trains to dig out the hundreds of tons of ore they mined daily.
This mineral was not only copper, there was also gold and silver. After more than 100 years of excavation, the mine shaft measures 2.73 miles (4.4 kilometers) wide and 0.7 miles (1.2 kilometers) deep, and is the largest man-made excavation ever. The mine has produced around 18.7 million tons of copper, making it also the most productive mine in the world.
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