Through an exploration of the links between geologic setting, mining and process technologies, economics, environment and stakeholder communities, this text addresses ways in which the mineral industry can be made safe, efficient and ecologically sustainable, focusing in particular upon the following key themes: Am a review of the current status of the world mining industry, and the environmental challenges it faces. Am links between the mode of occurrence of a mineral and the ways of mining it Am the impact of mining on the environment in terms of industry and waste Am health consequences arising from the various hazards of mining Am the environmental impact of process technologies, and control technologies to make the mining industry ecologically sustainable Am methods of rehabilitation of mined land, and reuse of mine wastes and mine water Am socio-economic dimensions of the mining industry.Figure 2.14 Schematic diagram of a vertical shaft mine (source: Chadwick et al., 1987, p. 118). Table 2.7 Underground mining methods (source: Cummins aamp; Given, 1973). I a Self-supporting opening II a Supported openings III a Cavinganbsp;...
|Title||:||Mineral Resources Management and the Environment|
|Publisher||:||CRC Press - 2005-08-09|