You can tell the difference between a copper deposit and a boulder because copper deposits have a slight golden twinkle, but the more reliable method is to just read the label 🙂.
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Copper deposits are massive and mostly underground. Make sure you unearth the entire deposit before moving on. It will take a lot of effort to mine an entire deposit. We recommend building a mining outpost to store your materials and repair your equipment.
Tips for Mining Copper
Solo players should bring extra materials to place standing torches around their dig site that will keep the Greydwarfs at bay.
If you noticed floating bits of the copper node and wondered if there was a way to shatter the entire node, there is. See the page on Mining Physics.