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The Bingham Canyon Mine, also known as the Kennecott Copper Mine, is 2.5 miles wide. Is the biggest man-made hole on the planet.

The 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 is owned by Rio Tinto Group, an international mining and exploration company headquartered in the United Kingdom. The copper operations at Bingham Canyon Mine are managed through Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation which operates the mine, a concentrator plant, a smelter, and a refinery.

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Image: Bingham seen from the ISS. NASA.

The mine has been in production since 1906, and has resulted in the creation of a pit over 0.6 miles (0.97 km) deep, 2.5 miles (4 km) wide, and covering 1,900 acres (770 ha). It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966 under the name Bingham Canyon Open Pit Copper Mine. The mine experienced a massive landslide in April 2013 and a smaller slide in September 2013.

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Bingham Canyon Mine satellite images before (top, July 20, 2011) and after (May 2, 2013) a landslide on April 20, 2013.



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