Surface mine

What is Surface mine?

Surface mine meaning A coal-producing mine that is usually within a few hundred feet of the surface. Earth above or around the coal (overburden) is removed to expose the coalbed, which is then mined with surface excavation equipment, such as draglines, powers hovels, bulldozers, loaders, and augers. It may also be known as an area, contour, open-pit, strip, or auger mine.


reference: Glossary – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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