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May 11, 2007 - Morenci Copper Mine

Today we took a tour of the Morenci Copper Mine. Located in eastern Arizona, it is our nation's largest producer of copper. More than 700,000 tons of rock is moved daily from this open pit mine with mammoth equipment. One of their $2 million haul trucks can carry 270 tons of ore on tires almost 12 feet in diameter. The tour allows you to see the process from taking the raw ore from the ground to finished pure copper being loaded for sale. The tours require appropriate mine attire and are geared for an older audience that can endure 2 ½ - 3...

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