Rio’s Mongolia Copper Dream Awakens 20-Year-Old Nightmare

Rio’s Mongolia Copper Dream Awakens 20-Year-Old Nightmare

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A worker looks out from operations along the blue conveyor belt that moves rock from the crusher to the concentrator area at the Oyu Tolgoi mine in the south Gobi desert. Mongolia’s Oyu Tolgoi, set to start production in July, has about 25 million metric tons of recoverable copper and an expected life of 50 years.