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    World's longest conveyor belt - photo

    The world's longest conveyor belt is a 61-mile long system used to transport phosphate from the mining town of Bou Craa in Western Sahara the port city of Laayoune.




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    How is this accomplished? You can't use traditional drives at the head, the tension would be too high and it would snap the belt. Are they using powered idlers?

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    I wonder if it might be a conveyor belt WITH a full length cable running beside the conveyor belt to drive intermittent idlers along the way. Cable would probably be cheaper than 122 miles of drive chain and sprockets.

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    There is a huge abandoned conveyor system in Navajo country. We drove past the end of it earlier this year in Northeast Arizona. For 50 years, it moved coal 17 miles to a point where it was loaded on rail cars to be moved to the power plant in Page, Arizona. The last loads were hauled last year.



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