Copper is among the three most used metals in the world, and high quantities of the red metal must be mined every year but the problem is that copper is not being discovered fast enough to meet upcoming demand. There are several reasons for this as the infographic below illustrates.
The above edited excerpts come from the infographic below* by VisualVapitalist.com originally entitled The Looming Copper Supply Crunch which can be seen in its entirety HERE.
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