Last update: January 17th, 2020 at 8:00 am
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows an open-pit mine that has been expanding for more than 50 years near Phalaborwa, South Africa.
The Palabora mine is almost two kilometers wide, which is about half the width of the world’s largest open-pit mine in Utah.
Mining began at Palabora in 1965, and it has since grown to become the largest site of its kind in South Africa.
Copper and iron have been mined for a very long time across the region, with some mining artifacts dating back to at least 800 AD.
The image was captured on July 2, 2019 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory