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Location DB > United States > Arizona > Morenci > Phelps Dodge Mine, Morenci Arizona
Phelps Dodge Mine, Morenci Arizona
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created by greywolf45 on 4/8/2004 12:29 AM
last modified by greywolf45 on 11/11/2006 8:55 AM
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The mine ia an open pit type. The ore is of low-grade, but the company has invented a process that makes the extrzction of copper from low grade ore profitable.Besides copper, gold, silver, manganese, and turquoise is also taken out. If you visit, be extremely careful, as the guards, and sherrifs deputies will arrest you on sight. They're friendly, but not that friendly.
 Basic Information
Type: open pit copper mine
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy, but watch out for security.
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information

Morenci, Arizona
United States
Owner: Phelps Dodge Copper Company
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • flooding
  • water
  • air quality
  • Open leaching ponds, dangerous and deadly chemicals (cyanide, or diluted acid) ,Loose boulders on waste rock dumps,risk of being arrested by company security,blasting at all hours,many pools of water, or leaching chemicals of unknown depth.
  •  Interesting Features
    The sheer size of this mine is mind-boggling. To get a good look, go to the observation point (also known as the mine lookout).
    NOTE: Most of the mill, and smelter has been demolished, and the job of processing the ore, and the smelting has been farmed out to other company locations.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • Company security and Greenlee County sherrifs deputies
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1935
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • rope
  • binoculars
  • gloves
  • head protection
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  • steel-toed boots,a first-aid kit that includes a snake bite kit , plenty of water, hat,good gloves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Camera with zoom, and lots of film, or extra memory cards for your digital camera
    Original location was discovered by an army scout in the late 1800's while searching for renegade Apache Indians. in 1935, the main mine, "Clay Pit", was opened by the Detriot Copper Company. The mine it's self is an open pit type, with benches that are anywhere from 100, to 200 feet wide, and 75 feet high.
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     Future Plans
    Possible expansion. It's currently listed as the second largest open-pit type mine in the world.

    It's all gone
    Fri, Jan 6th, 2006
    posted by greywolf45
    why the pictures are gone
    Sun, Jun 20th, 2004
    posted by greywolf45

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    Mine, Processing mill, and smelter.
    Thu, Apr 8th, 2004
    posted by greywolf45
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    Photography 4 / 10
    Coolness 5 / 10
    Content Quality 6 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 6/15/2009 1:44 AM.

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  • on Jun 15 09 at 1:44, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 15 09 at 1:13, greywolf45 updated a story
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  • on Nov 11 06 at 19:20, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 11 06 at 8:55, greywolf45 changed the following: Description
  • on Jan 29 06 at 17:38, greywolf45 changed the following: Security Measures
  • on Jan 8 06 at 5:10, greywolf45 changed the following: History, Required Equipment, Recommended Equipment, Media Coverage, Future Plans
  • on Jan 6 06 at 1:36, greywolf45 updated a story
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  • on Jan 6 06 at 1:33, greywolf45 updated a story
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