Morenci Smelter

The Morenci Smelter is a copper mine located in Greenlee county, Arizona at an elevation of 3,999 feet.

About the MRDS Data:

All mine locations were obtained from the USGS Mineral Resources Data System. The locations and other information in this database have not been verified for accuracy. It should be assumed that all mines are on private property.

Mine Info

Name: Morenci Smelter  

State:  Arizona

County:  Greenlee

Elevation: 3,999 Feet (1,219 Meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

Lat, Long: 33.0667, -109.34360

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Satelite image of the Morenci Smelter

Morenci Smelter MRDS details

Site Name

Primary: Morenci Smelter
Secondary: (Facility) Morenci Copper Smelter


Primary: Copper


State: Arizona
County: Greenlee

Land Status

Land ownership: Private
Note: the land ownership field only identifies whether the area the mine is in is generally on public lands like Forest Service or BLM land, or if it is in an area that is generally private property. It does not definitively identify property status, nor does it indicate claim status or whether an area is open to prospecting. Always respect private property.


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Owner Name: Phelps Dodge


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Record Type: Site
Operation Category: Plant
Plant Type: Smelter
Operation Type: Processing Plant
Mining Method: Unknown
Years of Production:
Significant: N


General Physiographic Area: Intermontane Plateaus
Physiographic Province: Basin And Range Province
Physiographic Section: Mexican Highland

Mineral Deposit Model

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Analytical Data

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Comment (Identification): ****SEE Morenci Mine Deposit ID 10282444 for more info


Reference (Deposit): USBM PROD TAB

Reference (Deposit): 1973 CAP: 900000 ST CU

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