Northern Chile :: Chuquicamata
Chuquicamata, or "Chuqui" as it is more familiarly known, is a large open pit copper mine in the north of Chile, 215 km northeast of Antofagasta and 1,240 km north of the capital, Santiago.
Despite over 90 years of intensive exploitation it remains one of the largest known copper resources. Its open pit is one of the largest at 4.3 km long, 3 km wide and over 850 m deep and its smelter and electrolytic refinery (855,000 tonnes p.a.) are amongst the world´s largest. Chuquicamata is also a significant producer of molybdenum.