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Cortez gold mine located 100km south-west of Elko, in Lander County, Nevada, US, is currently the ninth largest gold mine in the world. The mine contains a gold reserve of 15.1Moz (306.19Mt grading 0.049oz/t gold), including 2.089Moz of proven and 12.969Moz of probable gold reserves. Cortez gold mine is owned and operated by Barrick Gold. Gold production from Cortez started in 1969. The mine employs both open-pit and underground mining methods. Gold from Cortez open pit, Pipeline and South Pipeline deposits are extracted through conventional open-pit methods. The Cortez Hills underground mine is operated by twin declines. Underhand cut and fill mining method is used to exploit the breccia ore zone. Cortez produced 760,000oz of gold during the first half of 2013 - Mining Technology.

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