As a Mining Recruiter, I spend the vast majority of my working hours on the phone and behind the computer screen. Like many others, I know how easy it is to get so caught up in our work and lose focus on the outside world.
I wanted to share some incredible pictures and interesting facts about the mining industry worldwide! Here are five of my favorite mines you’ll find in our beautiful world:
Mir Diamond Mine – Russia
The Mir mine is an open pit diamond mine located in Mirny, Sakha Republic, the Siberian region of eastern Russia. The mine is 525 meters deep, which is the 4th in the world and has a diameter of 1,200 meters, making it one of the largest excavated holes in the world.
Fun Fact: The largest gem-quality diamond ever mined from Mir weighed 3,106.75 Carat (1.37).
Escondida Copper Mine – Chile
The Escondida mine is in the Atacama Desert in the Antofagasta Region, Chile. It is the largest copper mine in the world.
Fun Fact: Archeologists have unearthed copper drain pipes that date as far back as 3500 B.C.
Barrick’s Goldstrike Mine – Nevada
The Goldstrike mine is located in Eureka County, which is in northeastern Nevada. It is owned and operated by the world’s largest gold mining company, Barrick Gold. Goldstrike is the largest gold mine in North America
Fun Fact: 63 percent of all gold mined is used in jewellery, and since 1986, it has produced 42 million ounces of gold.
Moma Titanium Mine – Nampula
The Moma titanium mine is located in Moma, Nampula Province, Mozambique. The mine has been in production since 2007 and it produces 7 percent of the world’s ilmenite, the main source of titanium metal and titanium dioxide.
Fun Fact: Titanium is the ninth most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust. It also has one of the most complex mineral refining processes, which results in the high prices of titanium.
Morton Salt Mine – Cleveland
The Morton Salt Mine is located in Fairport, Ohio, just 30 miles east of Cleveland. Since 1959, the mine has been mining for rock salt, which is most commonly used to melt ice and snow on roadways.
Fun Fact: The United States is the world’s largest producer of salt, silica, and sulfur.