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Process of extracting copper from the earth

Oct 18, 2021 Oct 18, 2021 The copper is then recovered by electrolysis. This process is known as SX-EW (solvent extraction/electrowinning). Where and how is copper mined? The USA is the second largest producer of copper in the world. The largest copper mine is found in Utah (Bingham Canyon). Other major mines are found in Arizona, Michigan, New Mexico and Montana

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