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Cerro Verde Mine, Uchumayo District, Arequipa Province, Arequipa Department, Peru

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A copper mine with Phelps Dodge being the major shareholder. The mine consists of two large open pits, the Cerro Verde pit and the Santa Rosa pit, located at 2,700 m elevation, 34 km south of Arequipa city, from which its 480 employees are bused to work.
Ore is disseminated in igneous intrusion ("porphyry copper") and averages 0.52% Cu, currently working oxidized ore, but preparing to switch to primary sulphide-bearing ore. Mine moves 190,000 tons of rock per day, which is treated by one of the world's most modern heap leaching (hydrometallurgical) plants. Production in 2001 was almost 170 million lb Cu. (NB: This type of large-scale modern mining rarely results in any specimen-grade material being saved.)

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- Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C. (2008): Porphyry copper deposits of the world: Database and grade and tonnage models, 2008. US Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155.
- Laznicka, Peter (2006): Giant Metallic Deposits Future Sources of Industrial Metals

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