The Pilbara's economy is dominated by mining, natural gas and petroleum exploration, extraction and export industries.
Most of the iron ore mining activities in Australia take place in the region, with the larger mines located around Tom Price and Newman. About 9000 people are employed in the local mining industry, including at of the world's largest manganese mine, Woodie Woodie, located about 400 kilometres southeast of Port Hedland.
The Pilbarra contains some of the most massive iron ore bodies in the world, with the demonstrated resources of ore currently amounting to 24 billion tonnes. At the present rate of mining, the entire iron ore resource is expected to be exhausted by about 2050.
A number of sheep-grazing stations exist in the area, along with a growing tourism industry. Attractions such as the Karijini and Millstream-Chichester national parks, the Dampier Archipelago and the Ningaloo Reef are located within the region.
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