Open pit iron mining includes a great deal of earth moving. Described in this paper is the development of the Savage River open pit mine in Tasmania. The mine will be a mile long and 1/4 mile wide to a depth of 800 ft. The installation will include crushing and separating equipment to remove the ore from the mined rack, a water slurry to carry the concentrated ore to the pellet plant, and a conveyor to carry the pellets to the ship loading facilities. In addition, a complete town to house the workers is being built.Described are the financing of the project, the problems of operation in a foreign country, and equipment used.