Five Fascinating Mines from Across the World (Part 2)

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As an Executive Recruiter specializing in the mining and heavy industrial industries, I have been introduced to some unbelievable mines. Some of these mines are incredibly rich with history and have pictures that almost take your breath away.

A few months back, I created a picture blog showcasing some of my favorite mines from across the world. I wanted to follow up with a Part 2 with five more fascinating mines across the world. I hope you enjoy!

Allihies Copper Mine. Allihies, Ireland

Allihies Mine

Source: Wikipedia

Large Cornish engine houses were built around the Allihies mining site. The mine opened in 1812 and was operational until 1962. Above are ruins from one of the engine houses that still stands to this day. They were once used to pump out water to allow for deeper mining and to transport miners and equipment down shafts below sea level.

Fun Fact: “The Luck of the Irish” saying originated from the gold and silver rush in the 1900s. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Antamina Mine, Peru, Zinc Mine

Antamina Mine Peru


The Antamina Mine is located in the Andres Mountains of Peru and is one of the largest copper/zinc mines in the world. The mine is an open pit mine.

In 2013 alone, the mine produced 461,000 tons of copper concentrate. With stockpiles expecting to be depleted by 2022, the mine is scheduled to cease production by 2019.

Fun Fact: Zinc is 100% recyclable and 80% of the zinc available for recycling is currently recycled.

Allan Potash Mine, Allan, SK, Canada

No, this is not a scene from Indiana Jones. The Allan Mine is operated by the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (now called Nutrien) is located in Allan, Saskatchewan, Canada. Nutiren is the world’s largest potash producer and the third largest producer of nitrogen and phosphate, which are the three primary crop nutrients used to produce fertilizer.

Fun Fact: Canada is the leading producer of Potash, supplying 29.2% of the world’s potash.

Lucara’s Karowe Diamond Mine, Botswana, South Africa

Karowe mine is an open pit diamond mine located in Botswana, South Africa and is owned and operated by Lucara Diamond. The mine has an estimated $2.2 billion worth of diamonds and produces approximately 380,000 carats of gem quality each year.

Fun Fact: The world’s second largest gem-quality diamond (known as Lesedi La Rona) ever found, was found at the Karowe mine! It sold for $53 million to British jeweler Graff Diamonds in September 2017.

Serra Pelada Mine, Para, Brazil

Serra Pelada was a large gold mine in Para, Brazil, just 270 miles south of the Amazon River. In the early 1980s, tens of thousands of prospectors flocked to the Serra Pelada site.

At its peak, the mine was the largest open-air gold mine in the world. It was also considered the most violent.

Fun Fact: The largest gold nugget mined from Serra Pelada weighed about 15 pounds and was valued in 1980 at $108,000 (now worth $310,173 in 2016).

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