The first impression you get touring the Haile Gold Mine site is how immense everything seems.
It covers 5,700 acres, or 8.5 square miles. That’s 30 percent bigger than the city of Lancaster. It has 19-foot-tall dump trucks that cost $2.5 million apiece. One tire can cost $40,000.
The main pit is 700 feet deep. Workers can extract, crush and process 65,000 tons of rock per day. For every 20 tons of rock, they will produce one precious ounce of gold.