Carajás mine open pit.
|Production||296 million metric tons of iron ore|
|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.  The mine is run by Vale (formerly the Companhia Vale do Rio Doce) and was previously part-owned with US Steel until 1977. 
- "Carajas Iron Ore Mine - Mining Technology". Retrieved 2012-04-09.[unreliable source?]
- "Mining Giant Joins Belo Monte Dam - International Rivers". Retrieved 2012-04-09.
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