logo

Video encyclopedia

Surface mining

2:52

Surface Mining Animation

2:10

Many Surface Mines in Iowa Remain Unreclaimed

3:33

Wirtgen Group - Wirtgen Surface Miner at New Acland Mine

3:56

WIRTGEN Surface Miner | Bauxitabbau in Guinea

3:25

Strip Mining for Coal

Surface mining, including strip mining, open-pit mining and mountaintop removal mining, is a broad category of mining in which soil and rock overlying the mineral deposit are removed, in contrast to underground mining, in which the overlying rock is left in place, and the mineral is removed through shafts or tunnels.