Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Copper Mines Of Arizona

Lavender Pit
Copper Mine - Phelps Dodge Corp.
Bisbee, Arizona
Highway 80, a paved thoroughfare is routed over one of the "benches" of the fames Lavender pit, one of the world's largest open pit mines.  Tourists marvel at the panorama of the 155 acre pit and view with interest the mining operations going on below.

Copper Mine at Morenci, Arizona
These serpentine terrraces are the result of the removal of a mountain to uncover a vast bed of copper.  Phelps Dodge has laid bare a bed of red Metal half a mile wide, more than a mile long and an eighth of a mile deep.

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