Minerals have significant roles in humanity’s daily life; in buildings and road constructions, creating electronic devices, vehicles, plumbing, manufacturing home appliances and equipment, jewelry, and many more. Mining is undeniably a huge portion or even a backbone of many countries’ economies. Here are the following mines with the highest elevation in the world. Gold rushes are perhaps the most remarkable part of any country’s history.
Elevation: 4,991 meters
Owner: Grupo Cenizas
Type: Open-Pit copper mine
Aguilucho is in Atacama Region in northern Chile, approximately 45 kilometers to the east of Copiapó city. This is one of the most productive gold and copper belts in Chile, and its region is known for epithermal veins, porphyries, and tourmaline breccias projects, and old mines.
Elevation: 4,958 meters
Owner: Compañía Minera Bolívar
Type: Underground lead, silver, tin, and zinc mine
The Mine comprises 12 mining concessions and is a connecting portion of the 15,217-hectare Bolívar Property land package within the municipality of Urique, in the Piedras Verdes mining district of Chihuahua State, Mexico.
Mina Acumulacion Mariela
Elevation: 4,949 meters
Type: Open-pit gold mine
Mina Acumulación Mariela is an open-pit mine in the Mariscal Nieto Province, in the Moquegua Region of Peru, one of the country’s highest mountain roads. The Mine has an elevation of 5.298m above sea level.
Elevation: 4,866 meters
Type: Open-Pit gold and silver mine
This is in an open-pit mine in the Puno Region, Puno Province, in the south of the Acora District, in Peru. It has an elevation of 5.133m above sea level.
Elevation: 4,500 meters
Owner: Minera Bateas
Type of Mine: Underground copper, gold, lead, silver, and zinc mine
The site is approximately 225 km northwest of Arequipa, Peru, at an elevation of 4,500 meters. However, the mine processing plant is situated in the Caylloma Mining District, 14 kilometers northwest of the town of Caylloma. The Mine connects to the national power grid, and the Mine’s silver- and base metal-rich epithermal deposits have been mined intermittently for over 500 years since the times of the Inca Empire. Production in the past is estimated at more than 200 million ounces of silver.
Elevation: 4,813 metres
Owner: Minera Chinalco Peru
Type: Open-pit copper, molybdenum, and silver mine
This large copper mine is in the center of Peru, in Junín Region. It represents one of the largest copper reserves in the country and globally, having estimated reserves of 1.52 billion tonnes of ore grading 0.48% copper, 0.019% molybdenum, and 336 million oz of silver.
Elevation: 4,811 metres
Owner: Compania Minera San Valentin S.A.
Type: Underground copper, lead, silver, and zinc mine
Initially called “Solitaria,” this Mine is in the Quebrada de Cumichango, about 35 km north of Jagüe city and 280 km to the northwest of Chilecito city in General Sarmiento Department.
The mining area consists of (amphibole, quartzites, mica, etc.), crystalline schists of directions and belonging to the Precambrian variable inclinations; pegmatites and Lamprofirs ore can be seen in them.
Elevation: 4,791 metres
Owner: Minera Raura
Type: Open-Pit and underground copper, lead, silver, and zinc mine
The Raura Lead Mine is both surface and underground mining in Lima, Peru. The mineralization at this site is believed to have started from the Pliocene epoch 5.33 to 2.58 million years ago. It was only discovered in 1890 and made its initial production in 1900. There is one known shaft. The ore mined comprises sphalerite, pyrite, and galena, with waste material consisting primarily of magnesite, tremolite, and quartz. The ore body extends 400 meters long and 75 meters thick.
Elevation: 4,791 metres
Owner: Minera IRL
Type: Open-pit gold mine
Corihuarmi is an open-pit gold mine located about 5,000 meters above sea level in the Andes Mountains of central Peru. It was built for $20 million, and its production started in March 2008, and up to March 2017, it has produced 280,184.46 ounces of gold.
Owner: Climax Molybdenum
Type: Underground molybdenum mine
This is a large underground molybdenum mine west of Empire town in Clear Creek County, Colorado, USA. It is the main producer of molybdenum globally and in 2007 alone produced 40 million pounds of molybdenum, with a value of $1.1 billion. The ore averages 0.2% molybdenum. The molybdenite is correlated with pyrite and quartz. The deposit is like other porphyry molybdenum deposits, such as the Climax mine in Colorado and the Questa mine in New Mexico.
Freeport-McMoRan owns the mine.
Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine
Owner: Newmont USA
Type: Open-pit gold and silver mine
Historically the Cresson Mine, the Cripple Creek, and Victor Gold Mine is an active gold mine near Victor’s town, in the Cripple Creek mining district in the US state of Colorado. It is the richest gold mine in the state’s history and remains a significant gold producer in Colorado. It has produced 322,000 troy ounces of gold in 2019 and reported 3.45 million troy ounces of Proven and Probable Reserves as of December 31, 2019. The mine is owned and operated by AngloGold Ashanti through its subsidiary, the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company (CC&V). But in 2015, it was sold to Newmont Mining Corporation.