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  1. strip mining, opencast miningnoun

    the mining of ore or coal from an open mine


  1. strip mining

    Surface mining, including strip mining, open-pit mining and mountaintop removal mining, is a broad category of mining in which soil and rock overlying the mineral deposit (the overburden) are removed, in contrast to underground mining, in which the overlying rock is left in place, and the mineral is removed through shafts or tunnels. In North America, where the majority of surface coal mining occurs, this method began to be used in the mid-16th century and is practiced throughout the world in the mining of many different minerals. In North America, surface mining gained popularity throughout the 20th century, and surface mines now produce most of the coal mined in the United States.In most forms of surface mining, heavy equipment, such as earthmovers, first remove the overburden. Next, large machines, such as dragline excavators or bucket-wheel excavators, extract the mineral. The pros of surface mining are that it has a lower financial cost and is a lot safer than underground mining because all mining operations take place above the surface. The cons are the hazards it presents to human health and the environment. Humans face a variety of health risks caused by mining such as different cardiovascular diseases, food, and water contamination. Habitat destruction, alongside air, noise, and water pollution, are all significant negative environmental impacts caused by the side effects of surface mining.


  1. strip mining

    Strip mining is a method of extracting minerals or other resources from the earth by removing a strip of overlying soil and rock, also known as overburden. It is typically used when the mineral or resource is near to the surface. This method is highly efficient but also highly destructive to the surrounding environment, causing deforestation, erosion, and habitat destruction.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strip mining in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strip mining in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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