This flowchart made of machinery icons explains or expresses in simple but clear terms the step of the Copper Mining and Copper Extraction Process. Starting from either open-pit or underground mining and using a different relevant treatment method for oxide or sulphide copper mineral (ore).
Copper is found in natural ore deposits around the world. This page explains the copper mining and production route from ore-containing rock to a final product that is the highest-purity commercial metal in existence, used in a wide variety of applications essential to modern living.
The process of extracting copper from copper ore varies according to the type of ore and the desired purity of the final product. Each process consists of several steps in which unwanted materials are physically or chemically removed, and the concentration of copper is progressively increased.