Carajás mine open pit.
|Production||296 million metric tons of iron ore|
The Carajás Mine is the largest iron ore mine in the world. It is located in the state of Pará in the Carajás Mountains of Northern Brazil. The mine is operated as an open-pit mine, and is estimated to contain roughly 7.2 billion tons of iron ore, plus gold, manganese, copper, and nickel.  The mine is run by Vale (formerly the Companhia Vale do Rio Doce) and was previously part-owned with US Steel until 1977. 
The mine is part of the larger Carajás mining district, which "contains known reserves of the order of 18 billion tons with an average grade of 65.4% Fe."
- "Carajas Iron Ore Mine - Mining Technology". Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- "Mining Giant Joins Belo Monte Dam - International Rivers". Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- Carajas Iron Ore Mine, Brazil
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