8 Countries that Produce the Most Copper in the World

Copper is a naturally occurring metal that gives off a stunning reddish-orange metallic color when polished. Its chemical symbol is Cu, and atomic number is 29. Mining operations extract copper from the ground via open pit mines. Once the copper-containing earth is extracted, the extract is ground to fine ore and put through a froth flotation process. This process combines the ore with water and a collector chemical that makes copper hydrophobic. Insidermonkey experts made a list of 8 countries that produce the most copper in the world.

The top producers of copper are found throughout the world. The number one producer is Chile, a South American country. Chile produces 5,750,000 tons of copper annually. The country attracted foreign private investments in the 90's when the government passed a mining law that compensation regulations for the case of mine nationalization. The second top producer is China, though the copper mining industry here is nowhere near the production capacity of Chile. You can also read our article on the 8 countries that produce the most coal in the world.

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