Educator resources

Due to a slide of the northeast wall at Rio Tinto Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine in April 2013, the visitors center and overlook plaza will not reopen. Plans are underway to provide a new educational opportunity for Utahns and tourists in the future. Updated information regarding a new experience will be provided as it becomes available.

› From ore to more A six-minute video on the story of copper from start to finish

Learning about minerals and mining

The role minerals play in modern society is sometimes hidden in the finished product.

  • Cars: If you purchase gasoline for an automobile, you know it is a petroleum product. Have you ever thought about the materials that make up a car? Today’s cars are a composite of iron, manganese, chromium, lead, zinc, platinum, copper, aluminum and many other materials, each essential to some part of the automobile. Many of these materials came from the Bingham Canyon Mine.
  • Food: It may be surprising to know calcium, iron, manganese, zinc and other essential elements are in the food we eat. The minerals used in machinery and fertilizers for modern agriculture are not visible in the completed product, but it’s there.
  • Energy: The energy industry requires 29 different non-fuel mineral commodities to harness and deliver the energy that society depends on.
  • Electronics: Phones contain 42 different elements. Of about 100 mineral commodities used by society today, essentially all of them are used directly or indirectly by the electronics industry and in the production of computers.

Think about what life would be like without copper.