Wane, Malcolm T. Henry Krumb School of Mines, Columbia University, New York, New York.
Yegulalp, Tuncel M. Henry Krumb School of Mines, Columbia University, New York, New York.
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- Surface mining
- Area or modified open-pit
- Contour mining and mountaintop removal
- Auger mining
- Future trends
- Underground mining
- Mine development
- Room-and-pillar mining
- Longwall mining
- Other methods
- Remote control and teleoperation
- Related Primary Literature
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The technical and mechanical activities involved in removing coal from the earth and preparing it for market. Coal mining in the industrialized countries is characterized by the integration of a number of complex systems into a production methodology that varies for surface versus underground mining (Fig. 1). See also: Coal
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