10 Facts About Mining


Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the Earth, usually from an ore body, lode, vein, seam, reef, or placer deposit.

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Mining is required to obtain most materials that cannot be grown through agricultural processes, or feasibly created artificially in a laboratory or factory.

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Mining captured gold mines in Thrace for minting coinage, eventually producing 26 tons per year.

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Mining stated, “[I]n the past, mining engineers have not been called upon to study the psychological, sociological and personal problems of their own industry – aspects that nowadays are assuming tremendous importance.

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Mining companies have used this oversight from the financial sector to argue for some level of industry self-regulation.

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Mining in India is a significant part of that country's economy.

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Mining is heavily affected by the prices of the commodity minerals, which are often volatile.

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These and other developments such as the Philippines 1995 Mining Act led the bank to publish a third report which endorsed mandatory environment impact assessments and attention to the concerns of the local population.

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Mining accidents continue worldwide, including accidents causing dozens of fatalities at a time such as the 2007 Ulyanovskaya Mine disaster in Russia, the 2009 Heilongjiang mine explosion in China, and the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in the United States.

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Mining has been identified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as a priority industry sector in the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) to identify and provide intervention strategies regarding occupational health and safety issues.

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