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A Very BIG hole in the ground

October 27, 2010

And a Very BIG tire…

That is the size of the tire on those little dumptrucks way down there that are hauling ore from the Kennecott Copper Mine.

We’re learning about copper and other transition metals this week in science, so Monday afternoon we took a field trip out to the copper mine at the southwest end of the valley.  It’s the largest open pit mine in the world and can even be seen from outer space. 

It’s hard to show the size and scope of this place.

The bottom is 3/4 mile down there!

Yes, that is snow, and yes, it was absolutely freezing up there. 

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2010 11:57 am

    Wow, nice tire!! Looks like a great field trip.

  2. October 27, 2010 12:06 pm

    Now THAT’S a hole!

  3. Marcee permalink
    October 27, 2010 1:58 pm

    Gorgeous photos!

  4. Anne permalink
    October 27, 2010 10:04 pm

    Have you seen these?

    http://www.riotinto.com/resources/376_video_library_3787.asp

    My husband works for Rio and we have lots of fun resources!

    Anne

  5. October 28, 2010 11:36 am

    That’s an *impressive* hole! I’ll bet it’s a trip they remember for quite some time!

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