Tyres like these are found on the monster trucks that operate in open pit mines across the world. The trucks are as big as a three-bedroom house, weigh more than a jumbo jet, and can carry up to 360 tons of rock at a time. It certainly gives a sense of the scale of today’s mining industry.

Kids love to run through the tunnel and turn the wheel inside the tyre.

More about this

  • While Eden is a lot about plants, we created this exhibit because we humans are actually just as dependent on mining as we are on agriculture, for everything from electronics to building materials to dentists’ fillings.
  • The Eden Project has a special relationship with mining because it was created in a china clay quarry that had come to the end of its economic life. Eden is now known as a world-class example of the reclamation of an old mineral site. See how Eden was transformed.

Did you know?

Minerals and metals affect our everyday lives more than we think.

  • A mobile phone can have around 30 different metals and minerals in it.
  • A glossy magazine uses china clay to make its paper shiny.
  • Electricity often comes from power stations fuelled by coal.
  • Telephone wires are made from copper or aluminium.
  • Window panes are made from sand.

Green Eden

Metals and minerals cross continents and change hands numerous times as they are blasted, crushed, smelted, rolled and more.

The copper for the roof of our Core building was specially sourced from a single copper mine, which marked a new approach in the mineral supply chain. Rather than sourcing copper on the open market (whose origin is mixed and cannot be determined), we worked closely with the international minerals company Rio Tinto to source this. The copper was tracked from a single source – a mine which had ISO 14001 environmental certification for environmental management systems – across the world and through various production processes right through to its installation at Eden. Find out more in our pdf report.