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There are significant differences in the mining techniques and environmental effects of mining metallic, industrial, and fuel minerals.
Greenpeace - coal mining impacts
Coal mining, the first step in the dirty lifecycle of coal, causes deforestation and releases toxic amounts of minerals and heavy metals into the soil and water. Coal mining’s effects persist for years after coal is removed.
World Coal Association
Coal mining, particularly surface mining, requires large areas of land to be temporarily disturbed. This raises a number of environmental challenges, including soil erosion, dust, noise and water pollution, and impacts on local biodiversity.
What is Mining
Resource with explanation and 3 case studies
MiningFacts.org examines the Canadian mining industry’s activities and impacts on the environment, communities and economies in Canada and around the world.
Benefits of recycling
Metals can be recycled without losing any of their important properties. Inefficient recovery of metals from industrial and consumer waste increases the pressure on the non-renewable resources of the Earth from which they are extracted.
Explaining mining with good infographics explaining the process.
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