RailPictures.Net Photo: FRI 56 Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations EMD GP38 at Clifton , Arizona by Jason Cary
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» Freeport McMoRan Sierrita Operations (more..)
» EMD GP38 (more..)
» Shannon Hill  
» Clifton , Arizona, USA (more..)
» March, 2019
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» FRI 56 (more..)
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» Jason Cary (more..)
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Remarks & Notes 
ACID Freeport McMoran's first "Hill Turn" is pulling Shannon Hill. The 5 GP38s with the original face of the 1970's blasts up the 4.5% with 21 cars of heavy Sulfuric Acid. Traditional copper smelting ended at Morenci in 1984. In 2001 Phelps Dodge had completely converted the facility to a mine for leach process that recovers far more copper, and the finished product is 99.99% pure. This is one of the largest copper leaching facilities in the world. The black pile of slag in the valley (Right side of photo) is from the defunct Shannon Smelter.
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