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Mineral Extraction. Today the movement and placement of the overburden must be part of the premining plan that is required by legislation. The mining process can also cause heavy metals to dissolve, seeping into both ground and surface waters which can deteriorate drinking water
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Mineral Extraction an overview ScienceDirect Topics
Mineral extraction sites, which include strip mines, quarries, and underground mines, contribute to surface and groundwater pollution, erosion, and sedimentation. The mining process involves the excavation of large amounts of waste rock to remove the desired mineral ore.
Coal Mining and Processing. Surface mining can be used when the coal is buried less than 200 feet underground. In surface mining, giant machines remove the topsoil and layers of rock to expose large beds of coal. Once the mining is finished, the dirt and rock are returned to the pit, the topsoil is replaced, and the area is replanted.
Leaching is a chemical process in mining for extracting valuable minerals from the ore. Leaching also takes place in nature where the rocks are dissolved by water. Post leaching, the rocks areleft with smaller proportion of minerals that they originally contained.