Deutsch: Bergbau / Español: Minería / Português: Mineração / Français: Exploitation minière / Italiano: Estrazione mineraria /

A mining is the removal of minerals (like coal, gold, or silver) from the ground.

With the Mining more of a material is taken out of the ground than is put back in. This may be true for minerals, oil, water, etc. We are taking 6 to 7 billion cubic meters (five to six million acre-feet) of water a year from underground sources, while restoring only about 20% of it.

Description

Mining in the environmental context refers to the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth. This process often involves the use of heavy machinery and chemicals to access and process the desired resources. Mining can have significant impacts on the environment, including habitat destruction, water pollution, and air pollution. It can also lead to soil erosion and the displacement of local communities. Despite these risks, mining is an essential industry that provides raw materials for manufacturing, construction, and energy production.

Application Areas

  • Resource extraction
  • Energy production
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Infrastructure development

Treatment and Risks

  • Environmental remediation
  • Waste management
  • Water treatment
  • Air quality monitoring
  • Community health assessments

Examples

  • Coal mining
  • Gold mining
  • Diamond mining
  • Iron ore mining
  • Copper mining

Similar Concepts and Synonyms

  • Extraction
  • Quarrying
  • Mineral extraction
  • Resource exploitation
  • Earth moving

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Summary

Mining in the environment context involves the extraction of valuable minerals from the earth, often resulting in significant environmental impacts such as habitat destruction and pollution. Despite these risks, mining is essential for various industries, including manufacturing and energy production.

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