Copper extraction - Wikipedia
Copper extraction refers to the methods used to obtaining copper from its ores. The conversion of copper consists of a series of chemical, physical, and electrochemical processes. Methods have evolved and vary with country depending on the ore source, local environmental regulations, and other factors.Chile’s Mining and Chemicals Industries,Chile’s copper reserves exceed 190 million m.t. of metal-lic copper, 28% of the world’s total (6). Codelco Chile is the largest copper mining company, producing 11% of world’s copper and controlling approximately 15% of the world’s proven and inferred copper reserves. At the current produc-copper | Definition & Facts | Britannica,Copper (Cu), chemical element, a reddish, extremely ductile metal of Group 11,Open-pit mining, smelting, and refining of copper in Utah Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Crystalline copper from Michigan Courtesy of Ted Boente; photograph, John H. Gerard/Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.