Bingham Canyon Mine (Bingham Canyon deposit; Kennecott Mine; Bingham Copper Mine; Utah Copper Mine), Bingham District (West Mountain District), Oquirrh Mts, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||40° 31' 19'' North , 112° 8' 54'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||40.52222,-112.14861|
|Owned/operated by:||Rio Tinto Kennecott|
|Köppen climate type:||Cfa : Humid subtropical climate|
An open pit Cu-Au-Mo(-Ag-Pb) (principally copper) mine. Mineralization is in a monzonite porphyry. Capacity was 60,000 tons/day as far back as the 1930's!
One of the largest and highest-grade porphyry orebodies in the world, the mine is currently (2017) producing 1% of the world's copper.
The Utah Copper Company was incorporated on June 4th, 1903 to process the low-grade copper ore (39 pounds of copper per ton of ore / 19.5kg per tonne of ore) found in Bingham Canyon.
In 1936 the Kennecott Copper Corporation acquired the Utah Copper Company.
In 1981 Kennecott Corporation merges into Standard Oil of Ohio, the stock of which is acquired by British Petroleum in 1989. In 1989 BP divest the assets and facilities of the Kennecott Corporation to the RTZ Corporation.
Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
87 valid minerals.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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33.9 - 37.8 Ma
|Silver City Monzonite, Sunrise Peak Monzonite Porphyry, Swanson Quartz Monzonite|
Age: Eocene (33.9 - 37.8 Ma)
Comments: includes rocks that host Bingham Canyon porphyry copper deposit
Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052.