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IdentificationMission: ISS004 Roll: E Frame: 5201 Mission ID on the Film or image: ISS004
Country or Geographic Name: USA-ARIZONA
Features: NEW CORNELIA MINE
Center Point Latitude: 32.5 Center Point Longitude: -113.0 (Negative numbers indicate south for latitude and west for longitude)
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Film: 3060E : 3060 x 2036 pixel CCD, RGBG array.
Percentage of Cloud Cover: 10 (0-10)
NadirGMT Date: 2002____ (YYYYMMDD) GMT Time: (HHMMSS)
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CaptionsAlthough this photograph may appear to be a small pit mine as photographed from the air, it is actually a pit mine that is about a mile wide and just over a thousand feet deep and was photographed by astronauts orbiting the Earth on board the International Space Station. The New Cornelia Mine is located just south of Ajo, Arizona. Small-scale mining of copper in this area began with the Spaniards and Mexicans as early as 1750. This large-scale, systematic operation began in 1912 and expanded rapidly for the next 50 years. Since the mid 1980s, activity has been limited because of low prices for copper on the world market. Note the tailings deposits to the east (right) and the larger containment ponds for extraction processes to the northeast.
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