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Strip Mining. By Leor & Gabriel Davoodpour. Strip Mining. Strip Mining. What is Strip Mining?. Definition: R emoving a mineral deposit from the Earth after removing the layer of earth above it. Techniques: Area Mining Open Pit Mining Contour Mining Auger Mining Mountaintop Removal.

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strip mining

Strip Mining

By Leor & Gabriel Davoodpour

what is strip mining
What is Strip Mining?
  • Definition:Removing a mineral deposit from the Earth after removing the layer of earth above it.
  • Techniques:
    • Area Mining
    • Open Pit Mining
    • Contour Mining
    • Auger Mining
    • Mountaintop Removal
effects of strip mining
Effects of Strip Mining
  • Landslides, erosion, sedimentation, and flooding.
  • Eliminates existing vegetation and alters the natural soil layers.
  • Land after mining is not capable of plant succession.
  • All species either destroyed or displaced.
  • Habitats like cliffs and caves are almost impossible to restore.
  • Causes deforestation
purpose of strip mining
Purpose of Strip Mining
  • Mainly to gain coal and other minerals.
  • Coal near the surface of the ground has been used up.
solutions
Solutions
  • Finding an area that doesn’t have much contact with water.
  • Revegetating a site after mining is complete.
  • Limit the amount of mines that can be put in an area.
  • Find a better way to mine that would not hurt nature.
  • Use recycled materials instead of mined materials in daily life.
  • Design mines that produce less waste.
  • Environmental cleanups.
outlook
Outlook
  • Some strip miners are taking the responsible route of following basic steps to decrease side affects to strip mining.
  • OSMRE
  • Efforts by EPA
  • Federal governments inputting laws to suppress strip mining.
contacts
Contacts
  • Contact the OSMRE (Office of Surface MiningReclamation and Enforcement) at (202)-208-2565 and if you have questions email getinfo@osmre.gov.
  • Contact the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) on Facebook, Twitter, Google +
    • Learn more on the EPA YouTube channel
    • If you want to share your opinions/feelings find a blog at http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/greenversations.