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.

When we sourced the copper to cover the roof of our Core building, opened in 2005, it was the first ever example of a metal which had been tracked right from the mine throughout the entire supply chain. The copper came from Rio Tinto’s Bingham Canyon in Utah, US, a mine with one of the highest environmental and social standards in the world.