Copper is a base metal like nickel, zinc, aluminum, lead, among others. Copper is the most conductive non-precious metal, which makes it is indispensable for many industries. Over the past decade, the total global copper reserves have increased from 630 million metric tons in 2010 to 870 million metric tons as of 2020. Meanwhile, the total global copper production from mines amounted to an estimated 20 million metric tons in 2020.
Where is copper produced?
The major copper producing countries include Chile, Peru, and China. Chile produces more than one quarter of the world’s copper, and is also by far the country with the largest copper reserves. Escondida, located in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile and owned by the mining company BHP, is the world's largest copper mine based on its total copper reserves, its production capacity, as well as its actual copper output.
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