Surface Mining Methods and Equipment - EOLSS
SURFACE MINING METHODS AND EQUIPMENT J. Yamatomi and S. Okubo University of Tokyo, Japan Keywords: Mining method, surface mining, open pit mining, open cast mining, placer mining, solution mining, leaching, stripping rati o, mining machinery, excavation, cutting, grading, loading, ditching Contents 1. Surface Mining MethodsSurface mining – strip, open pit, mountaintop removal,,This method of mining is carried out where useful minerals or rocks are found near the surface. When the surface material covering the valuable material is relatively thin this kind of mining is more suitable. Open cast mines are dug on benches which are usually four to sixty meter intervals and the machinery used depends on the size of the area.Equipment Selection for Surface Mining: A Review,A surface mine contains pits with mineral endowed rock (or ore). We extract ore that lies within the upper layer of the earth, from surface mines (Fricke, 2006) . This ore can include metals such as iron, copper, coal and gold. There are several methods of surface mining, including open-pit, stripping, dredging and mountain-top removal.