Place:Chuquicamata, Antofagasta, Chile

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NameChuquicamata
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates22.333°S 68.933°W
Located inAntofagasta, Chile
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Chuquicamata, or "Chuqui" as it is more familiarly known, is by excavated volume the biggest open pit copper mine in the world, located in the north of Chile, just outside of Calama, 215 km northeast of Antofagasta and 1,240 km north of the capital, Santiago. The mine is owned and operated by Codelco, a Chilean state enterprise, since the Chilean nationalization of copper in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Its depth of makes it the second deepest open-pit mine in the world (after Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah, USA).

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