I recently shared another mining photo, and a lot of people asked why such enormous mines exist. That ignorance should be a wake-up call to the mining industry.
This mine, in particular, is a copper mine. If you use electricity, cars, or phones, you use copper. It’s an essential ingredient to modern society, and the world only grows hungrier for it by the day.
Copper lies within the earth in what is known as an “ore body.” Humans must dig down to the ore, collect and process the ore, and refine the ore to create copper as we know it.
Here, the two 994 loaders pictured are loading freshly blasted copper ore in trucks to start the metal’s journey to light homes, power cars, and connect phone calls. Neat.