Copper Smelting Process
Apr 09, the major producers of copper ore are chile, usa and australia, the vast majority of the ore coming from open pit mining. in open pit mining the layers of soil and vegetation seam are scooped away until the copper bearing ore is exposed. this is removed by blasting, the resulting ore collected and transported to the ore processing.Apr 11, the four major steps in the production of marketable copper are mining, concentrating, smelting, and refining. in a few instances, however, leaching takes the place of concentrating, smelting, and refining. at present, although considerable leaching and direct-smelting ores are produced, the bulk of the copper ore mined is.