Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Answer to Yesterday's Pop Quiz: Kennecott Copper Mine and Road Trip: Draper (3)






Thank you everyone, for playing along. The answer, as DC Confidential pointed out, is the Kennecott Copper Mine. My husband said that those of you who said that the mountains were a product of crafty photoshopping were questioning my integrity as a photographer. I, however, am thrilled to think that you imagine me such a computer wizard!

Ok, some info about Kennecott. From my own experience, I know that it is quite impressive to fly over the mine as you come into the Salt Lake International Airport.

Facts (From the Kennecott website):


Bingham Canyon Mine has produced more copper than any mine in history -- about 16 million tons.

The mine is 2¾ miles across at the top and ¾ of a mile deep. You could stack two Sears Towers on top of each other and still not reach the top of the mine.


The mine is so big, it can be seen by the space shuttle astronauts as they pass over the United States.

By 2015, the mine will be at least 500 feet deeper than it is now.


If you stretched out all the roads in the open pit mine, you'd have 500 miles of roadway -- enough to reach from Salt Lake City to Denver.

*Also, here is a video about how Kennecott is helping our community (also from the Kennecott website). It's about a minute long.
Thanks for playing along.

15 comments:

Uma por Dia said...

Wonderful place and photos!!!

Jim said...

I would have never got that...rats. The video when it shows inside it is amazing.

Me said...

Incredible photos! What enormous vistas! Well done, well done!

D.C. Confidential said...

Woo hoo!

Although, honestly, I shouldn't play. It's sort of unfair because I grew up in Utah. Still, I know there are a lot of things in the Beehive State I never saw and wouldn't know. Plus, I moved away more than 20 years ago, so...

Pat said...

That was fun! Simply amazing photos!

Pat

Guelph Daily Photo, Pat's Photo-a-Day

Tuppence said...

what amazing views, really beautiful

Sailor Girl said...

Your pictures are breathtaking!!!!

Jilly said...

Those mountains are just fantastic. Super photos.

Mitch said...

Wow! That's an amazing thing to have in your backyard. I had to look twice to realize that half the mountain is tailings.

Thanks for your comment yesterday on my blog,

- Mitch in Minneapolis

BgDailyPic said...

Those mountains are gorgeous. I love your blog, makes me want to visit American Fork!

smilnsigh said...

Wow! What photographs!!!!

Mari-Nanci

Juhi said...

those are some wonderful views...great pics...

Suzi-k said...

what stunning mountains (of course the blanket of snow helps!)

Sonia said...

Wow! Just stuning photos and wonderful place!

Sorry bother you again with this, but may you tell me how you can show up such a huge photos on your blog? Do you change some Html codes? The result is great!

Rambling Round said...

Very interesting about the copper mines. I have a tiny copper necklace that my parents brought me from somewhere out West.

BTW, you have received the Make My Day blogger award. Check it out at Selma, Ala., Daily Photo, and thanks for all these breathtaking photos.