According to ICSG's database, there are about 500 copper mines of varying size in operation. Some of the larger copper mines can be easily spotted through Google Earth and you can visit them virtually from the comfort of your desktop. This is a great way to get a feeling for the challenges and diversity of copper mines across the globe.
- Select a mine of interest (or 'present' to browse through the sequence)
- Click the plane to take a virtual flight
- Click for more information
A more complete listing of copper production sites, covering mining, smelting, refining and recycling can be found here: https://copperalliance.org/sustainable-copper/copper-pathways-map/
Updated September 23, 2021