Sunday, March 8, 2009
Bingham Canyon, Utah: Kennecott Copper Mine
Take it from someone who has been there -- this is one big hole in the ground. The picture doesn't do it justice.
The Kennecott Copper Mine is one of two man-made objects big enough to be seen with the naked eye from space. The other one is the Great Wall of China. Kennecott has been digging here (about a half-hour outside of Salt Lake City) for years, taking every mineral possible from the ground. Nothing is wasted in the process. The trucks that transport the dirt have tires as big as you are.
The mine goes on for 2.5 miles or so, and it's getting bigger and deeper all the time. No wonder something like 15 percent of the nation's copper comes from here. There's a small admission charge that goes to charity, and there is a visitors' center to explain the process.
It's an unusual tourist attraction certainly, but quite interesting to those who go there.