Mind Map Description
Interactive Mind Map based on Mining Operations of BHP Billiton website. Source:
BHPBilliton.com. February 20, 2012.
BHP Billiton is the world's largest mining company. It is also the largest company in Australia by market
capitalization. It was created in 2001 by the merger of Australia's Broken Hill Proprietary Company (BHP) and the British-Dutch Billiton. The result is a dual-listed company with head offices in Melbourne and London. BHP Billiton Limited, which is the majority partner in the dual-listed structure, is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. BHP Billiton Plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
The company operates a wide variety of mining and processing operations in 25 countries, employing approximately 38,000 people.
The company has nine primary operational units:
Iron ore, Manganese, Petroleum, Aluminium, Base Metals (primary products include
copper, lead, zinc and uranium), Metallurgical Coal, Thermal Coal, Stainless
Steel Materials (nickel and cobalt), Diamonds & Speciality Products (diamonds and titanium minerals)
Wikipedia, BHP Billiton.
Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other
geological materials from the earth, usually from an ore body, vein or (coal)
seam. Materials recovered by mining include base metals, precious metals, iron,
uranium, coal, diamonds, limestone, oil shale, rock salt and potash. Any
material that cannot be grown through agricultural processes, or created
artificially in a laboratory or factory, is usually mined. Mining in a wider
sense comprises extraction of any non-renewable resource.