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Mining at San Carlos
Photos given to Mrs. Cloud by
Open Pit Mine at San Carlos
Two Main Types of Copper Ores
• The Sulfides
• The Oxides
Two Different Processes
• Pyrometallurgical
• Hydrometallurgical
• Used for sulfide ores
• used for oxide ores
• Uses only acid/water
• Low energy consumption
• Lower % wt. of copper
Requires melting metals
High energy consumption
Multiple processes
High % wt. of copper
Recovery of other metals
Blasting to Loosen Rocks
Removal of Rock for Processing
Tires of truck are taller than the average man!
Rock Dumped into Crusher
Crushed Rock Pile
Processing Plant
Settling Pond
Copper Plates
Copper Wire
Copper Wire in Auto Manufacturing