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An opencast lignite mine - the Hambach Mine, Hambach, Germany

March 1st, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

An opencast lignite mine - the Hambach Mine - opened 1978.

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Strip coal mine, Oberlausitz, Germany

February 18th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Strip coal mine in Oberlausitz, Germany

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Belchatow Power Plant and strip coal mine, Belchatow, Poland

February 18th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Belchatow Power Plant and strip coal mine in Belchatow, Poland

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The Ekati Diamond Mine, Canada

January 4th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Ekati Diamond Mine is Canada's first operational diamond mining operation. It is located on Lac de Gras at 64°41′56″N, 110°36′53″W, 300 km north-east of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and about 200km south of the Arctic circle. Ekati is a joint venture between BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc. (80%), and the two geologists who discovered kimberlite pipes north of Lac de Gras, Chuck Fipke (10%) and Stewart Blusson (10%).

In 1991, the first kimberlite pipe in Canada was discovered at Pointe Lake. This was followed by the largest staking rush in Canadian history. Ekati officially opened on October 14, 1998, and is operated by BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc., a part of the BHP Billiton Group, the world's largest diversified resources company.

Diamonds at the Ekati site are found in 45 to 62 million year old kimberlite pipes (Creaser et al, 2004), most of which lie underneath shallow lakes. Diamonds from the Ekati Mine are sold under the trade name Aurias. Authenticity is verified through the CanadaMark service, also operated by BHP Billiton Diamonds Inc.

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Open pit copper mine, Cloncurry, Australia

December 28th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Open pit copper mine in Cloncurry, Australia. The Cloncurry mine is owned by Cloncurry Mining Company NL.

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Finsch Diamond Mine, South Africa

November 25th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Finsch diamond mine, located near Lime Acres, 160km northwest of Kimberley, is one of seven operations managed by De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), formed in July 2004 as the wholly owned South African mining subsidiary of Luxembourg-based DB Investments / De Beers SA. This restructuring created a company that can be empowered under the terms of South Africa’s Mineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act. Discovered in 1961 during exploration for asbestos, the deposit was first developed as an open pit. Since 1991, production has come from the underground mine beneath the old pit. Production in 2004 totalled 2.11Mct -15% of total DBCM output - from 5.77Mt of kimberlite ore, giving a recovered grade of 36.5 carats per 100t of ore.

[Source: www.mining-technology.com]

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The Lavender Pit, Cochise County, Bisbee, Arizona, USA

November 24th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Lavender Pit is an open pit copper mine located at 31.4310 N, 109.9002 W in Cochise County, Bisbee, Arizona. It is located in the near vicinity of the very rich copper deposit the Copper Queen Mine.

Phelps Dodge Corporation started digging the mine in 1951. They extracted 46 million tons of overburden before reaching the valuable ore. It is estimated that over a billion tons of copper was mined from the pit, with good amounts of gold, silver and lead also being extracted. Turquoise was also a by-product of this mining activity. Bisbee turquoise, also known as Bisbee Blue, is amongst the finest turquoise found anywhere in the world. Mining operations in the pit ended in 1974.

Because of the very hard host rock, this pit has much steeper sides than other open pit copper mines in the southwest area. The pit covers an area of 300 acres (1.2 km²), and is 900 feet (274 m) deep. Vast tonnage of dump rock is spread all around Bisbee, notably north of the residential district of Warren at 31.4229 N, 109.8770 W and other parts of the southeastern Mule Mountains area. This dump material, along with the large open hole of the pit and other associated areas, for example at 31.3901 N, 109.8938 W, is considered an ecological disaster by many, but, for its time, Phelps Dodge Corporation was within federal guide lines on mining codes and still is.

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Chuquicamata - largest open pit copper mine in the world, Chuquicamata, Chile

August 30th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

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Chuquicamata, or "Chuqui," as it is commonly called, is currently the largest open pit copper mine in the world. It was named after a small city in the north-west of Chile. It began copper production on May 18, 1915.

This article in its current state refers to the mine located near the former location of the city of Chuquicamata.

Chuquicamata is located 15 km north of the city of Calama in the region of Antofagasta. The mine is elliptical in form, with a surface of almost 8,000,000 m2, and it is 900 m deep.

The place has been exploited since pre-Hispanic times. The word Chuquicamata comes from the Aymara language and refers to the first inhabitants of the zone. The territory where the mine is located passed to Chilean control and sovereignty due to the War of the Pacific and the subsequent treaties.

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