Carajás Mine

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Carajás Mine
Carajas Mine.jpg
Carajás mine open pit.
Carajás mine is located in Brazil
Carajás mine
Carajás mine
Location in Brazil
State Pará
Country Brazil
Coordinates 06°03′31″S 50°10′37″W / 6.05861°S 50.17694°W / -6.05861; -50.17694Coordinates: 06°03′31″S 50°10′37″W / 6.05861°S 50.17694°W / -6.05861; -50.17694
Products Iron ore
Production 296 million metric tons of iron ore
Financial year 2007
Closed NA
Company Vale S.A.
Year of acquisition 1995

The Carajás Mine is the largest iron ore mine in the world. It is located in the municipality of Parauapebas, 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, bauxite, copper, and nickel. [1] The mine is run by Vale (formerly the Companhia Vale do Rio Doce) and was previously part-owned with US Steel until 1977. [1]

The mine is located in the mining concession area of the Carajás National Forest, which "contains known reserves of the order of 18 billion tons with an average grade of 65.4% Fe."[1]

The mine is largely powered by hydroelectric power from the Tucuruí Dam. [2]


  1. ^ a b c "Carajas Iron Ore Mine - Mining Technology". Retrieved 2012-04-09.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "Mining Giant Joins Belo Monte Dam - International Rivers". Retrieved 2012-04-09.