15Open Pit MinesMatt Weber: October 03, 2014 | 36,308 views
The Mir Diamond mine in Russia is a massive quarry where uranium, copper, gold and other valuable mineral resources were extracted. The mine’s location is an extremely deep and wide crater in the ground. These monstrous pits can be seen from space. They appear as large as any lake or mountain. There is an enforced no-fly zone over the pit zone because it can cause helicopters to take a nose dive out of the sky due to a massive downdraft of air. It is 1,700 feet deep and 3,900 feet deep. This canyon is not even the largest manmade mine in the world!
14Kennecott Copper Mine
The Kennecott Copper Mine is the largest man made mine in the world. Salt Lake City, Utah is the home of the mine that can be seen from space. This mine is amazingly deep. Two Empire State Buildings could fit down in it, one on top of the other and still not be at ground level! The Kennecott Copper Mine is 0.7 miles deep and 2.7 miles wide. This gargantuan mine is still in operation, and it is expected to continue to be expanded until the year 2030. NASA Astronauts are easily able to pick out the Bingham Canyon Mine from space!