Unlike the deep mines of Moria, the Guelb Moghrein operation is an open pit mine measuring over a mile wide. The mine has an on again-off again history. It opened in the early 1970s, only to close in 1977 due to high cost of operations. The property was acquired by First Quantum Minerals, a Canadian company, in 2004, and production resumed in 2010. In 2014 operations were suspended due to an employees strike. First Quantum stocks took a hit, but the workers eventually came back.
Ground level view:
The pit itself. Click on it for a larger image:
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Another view of the pit.
By way of contrast, the Mines of Moria. Click for full size:
Found, despite the appearance of a needle in a huge pile of sand for 2 points:
- Eloy Cano
- Phil Ower