An interesting side note to our mine tour was seeing some horses that reside on the mine perimeter. The guide said they were wild horses, left over from when the Spaniards came through hundreds of years ago.
Unfortunately, even though we did see horses, I did not get a picture of them. […]
The inside portion of the tour
Continuing our tour of the ASARCO open-pit copper mine tour, we headed inside where they break down the ore to get to the copper.
Here they are crushing the ore into smaller pieces, a two or three step process that uses iron balls in the drums. […]
The outside portion of the tour
Last Saturday we visited the ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center and took the open-pit copper mine tour. It was a rainy day and we were on a bus tour, so you will see a few raindrops in the pictures!
The trucks that haul the ore were huge.