Contest # 465: Guelb Moghrein Copper-Gold mine West of Akjoujt, Mauritania

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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Nighttime operations:

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:

  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Lelie
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower