World’s largest copper mine – level 2

25-05-2022 15:00

Chile is one of the biggest producers of copper in the world. It’s a country with beautiful nature but heavy industry, too.

Chuquicamata in northern Chile is the largest copper mine in the world; it’s five kilometers long and 914 meters deep. Workers need a half an hour to get down the mine.

The mine in Chile is in operation for one hundred years, and workers still find new copper there. Copper is a red-brown metal, and nowadays, it’s a part of lithium batteries. All the world needs more and more copper, since it is an important metal in renewable technologies.

Chile depends on the copper industry, and it’s the country’s future. Copper mines are almost one third of Chile’s business.

Difficult words: mine (a place where people get coal or other metals from the ground), lithium (a soft silver-white metal), renewable technology (machines and work which have little impact on the natural world).

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