Carlotta, Arizona, U.S.A.
The Carlota Copper mine is an open-pit copper mine located approximately six miles west of Miami, Arizona. The site produces LME grade copper cathode through the process of heap leaching, in which a chemical solution is ir-rigated through heaps of ore, dissolving the precious metal. The resulting copper-infused liquid (aka the pregnant leach solution) trickles down to a leach pad, where it is collected and pumped to a recovery facility. In order to prevent the pregnant leach solution from leaking out, the leach pads are typically comprised of a composite liner system with a geomembrane overlying a low permeability soil layer.
Download Full Case Study