From its original home in the earth’s crust to its long life in a finished product, such as wire or pipe, copper passes through several stages. Learn more about this renewable resource’s life cycle.
Primary copper production starts with the extraction of copper-bearing ores. There are two basic ways of copper mining: surface and underground mining. Due to copper being spread in relatively low concentrations over large areas, surface, or open-pit mining, is the predominant mining method for copper in the world.
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