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Largest Open Pit Gold Mines in the World

Largest Open Pit Gold Mines in the World
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There’s no doubt that gold is an item that you keep safely and use rarely rather than using it like your car, isn’t it? Well, this fact may not hold any big impact in the gold mines. According to Thomson Reuters GFMS, there are about 171,300 tonnes of the valuable metal on the planet. Regardless of that reality, gold mines might be found in various nations. But the million dollar question to ask is where we can find the largest open pit gold mines in the world?

Curious to get the answer where we can find the largest open pit gold mines in the world?  Then let me tell you one thing! You have come to the right place where you can get the answer! Before we go down to answer your question, let’s get to know more about this topic in general. It might bore you a little bit, but do you have any other better thing to do? If not, then let’s get into it.

Largest Open Pit Gold Mines in the World

Mining is an incredibly lucrative industry, providing the world with precious materials, such as gold or diamonds, and a large variety of other important minerals. Although the size of a particular mine can be ranked according to indicators (production, width, depth, surface), we have chosen the depth as the main indicator for our selection of the largest open pit gold mines in the world.

No. 5: Betze-post (Nevada, US)

The Betze-post pit has a depth of over 500m, a length of 2.2km, and a width of 1.5 km. Part of the Barrick Gold Corporation, the mine produces approximately 800,000 ounces of gold per year and has an estimated reserve of nearly 9Moz.

Largest Open Pit Gold Mines in the World

No. 4: Grasberg Mine (Papua, Indonesia)

Although Grasberg mine also features underground operations, alongside open pit mining, it makes our countdown of the largest open pit gold mines in the world, thanks to its depth of 550m. Apart from gold, the mine also produces silver and copper. On average, Grasberg produces approximately 800,000 ounces of gold each year and operations are expected to continue until 2016.

No. 3: Fimiston Open Pit (Kalgoorlie, Western Australia)

Also called Super Pit, the Fimiston Open Pit mine in Western Australia has a depth of 600m, a length of 3.8km and a depth of 1.5 km. Operated by the Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines, the Super Pit produced approximately 600,000oz of gold in 2013 alone. At the end of 2012, the mine’s proven gold reserves were estimated at over 8Moz.

Largest Open Pit Gold Mines in the World

No. 2: Muruntau Mine (Uzbekistan)

Opened in 1967, Muruntau mine has a depth of 600m, a length of 3.5km, and a width of 3km, making it, physically, the biggest gold mine in the world, but only second when we take depth as the sole indicator into account. On average, the mine, which began operations in 1967, produces approximately 2Moz gold per year.

No. 1: Bingham Canyon (Utah, US)

With a depth of 1.2 km and a width of 4 km, Bingham Canyon, located just South-West of Utah’s Salt Lake City, more than deserves its title as leader of our countdown of the largest open pit gold mines in the world. Operated by the Rio Tinto Kennecott trust, the mine also produces important quantities of copper, silver, and molybdenum. The mine has been operating since 1906.

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