As one of the most important metals, copper has a strong effect on consumer prices and economic production. In 2006 alone, the world production of copper was over 15 million tonnes. But where does all that copper come from? Which countries are currently increasing their copper production? Where are the fastest growing mines? A brief, interesting article on the subject can be found at

The article includes images of the mines. For those who follow geology news often, it will not be  surprising that 7 of the 10 fastest growing projects are in Latin America, or that Chile alone is host to four of them.