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Morenci

Solvent extraction, known as SX, is an important component of ore processing. The Morenci mine has four SX plants. The beautiful blue copper sulfate solution is pictured here.

Solvent extraction, known as SX, is an important component of ore processing. The Morenci mine has four SX plants. The beautiful blue copper sulfate solution is pictured here.

 The Morenci mine one of the world’s largest producers of copper cathode from SX/EW.

 The Morenci mine one of the world’s largest producers of copper cathode from SX/EW.

A worker oversees the harvesting of copper cathods after the electrowinning process.

A worker oversees the harvesting of copper cathods after the electrowinning process.

Repairing a tooth on the shovel's bucket

Repairing a tooth on the shovel's bucket

Blast hole drill rig prepares holes to load with explosives.

Blast hole drill rig prepares holes to load with explosives.

Initially underground, Morenci started open-pit mining in 1937. This 1942 image shows the beginning stages of what has become one of the world’s largest open pit copper mines.

Initially underground, Morenci started open-pit mining in 1937. This 1942 image shows the beginning stages of what has become one of the world’s largest open pit copper mines.

 

The southeastern Arizona Morenci copper mine, near the towns of Clifton and Morenci is the largest copper mining operation in North America and one of the largest copper mines in the world.

The southeastern Arizona Morenci copper mine, near the towns of Clifton and Morenci is the large