Provo 2011: The Big Hole


Yellowish hills at the Bingham Copper Mine.

Yellowish hills at the Bingham Copper Mine.

A photo of "Garnet Skarn".

A photo of "Garnet Skarn".

The largest man-made hole on Earth.

The largest man-made hole on Earth.

A close-up of the pit.

A close-up of the pit.

The terraced sides of the pit.

The terraced sides of the pit.

"The World's First Open-Pit Copper Mine"

"The World's First Open-Pit Copper Mine"

The other side of the pit.

The other side of the pit.

Old mining equipment.

Old mining equipment.

Me standing in front of the big pit.

Me standing in front of the big pit.

...wha?

...wha?

A dump truck going to the bottom.

A dump truck going to the bottom.

A bucket used to transport copper ore.

A bucket used to transport copper ore.

A giant truck tire.

A giant truck tire.

A sign describing the "Rocker Shovel Loader".

A sign describing the "Rocker Shovel Loader".

Me attempting to push the tire.

Me attempting to push the tire.

The marker for the Bingham Canyon Mine.

The marker for the Bingham Canyon Mine.

A copper sculpture of a miner and his family.

A copper sculpture of a miner and his family.

A giant dump truck. (...a photo, at least.)

A giant dump truck. (...a photo, at least.)

Medallions celebrating the mine's 100th anniversary.

Medallions celebrating the mine's 100th anniversary.

A close-up of one of the medallions.

A close-up of one of the medallions.

The other medallion.

The other medallion.

A model of what the mine was like in its early days.

A model of what the mine was like in its early days.

A survey map of the mine.

A survey map of the mine.

Souvenirs at the mine museum.

Souvenirs at the mine museum.

A red and green signal.

A red and green signal.

A model showing the many uses of copper in transportation.

A model showing the many uses of copper in transportation.

More centennial medallions.

More centennial medallions.

400 Ounces of Gold or A Brick Wrapped in Foil.

400 Ounces of Gold or A Brick Wrapped in Foil.

A scale model of a processing plant.

A scale model of a processing plant.

The Firefox Error Memorial

The Firefox Error Memorial

The uses of copper in communications.

The uses of copper in communications.

Miners panning for copper.

Miners panning for copper.

A map of the mine.

A map of the mine.

Goats!

Goats!

Our picnic in Magna, near the smelter.

Our picnic in Magna, near the smelter.

The Provo Beach Resort. Where's the beach?

The Provo Beach Resort. Where's the beach?