Introductory Mining Engineering outlines the role of the mining engineer throughout the life of a mine, including prospecting for the deposit, determining the site′s value, developing the mine, extracting the mineral values, and reclaiming the land afterward. This Second Edition is written with a focus on sustainability–managing land to meet the economic and environmental needs of the present while enhancing its ability to also meet the needs of future generations. Coverage includes aboveground and underground methods of mining for a wide range of substances, including metals, nonmetals, and fuels.
Completely up to date, this book presents the latest information on such technologies as remote sensing, GPS, geophysical surveying, and mineral deposit evaluation, as well as continuous integrated mining operations and autonomous trucks. Also included is new information on landscape restoration, regional planning, wetlands protection, subsidence mitigation, and much more.
New chapters include coverage of:
∗ Environmental responsibilities
∗ Health and safety issues
Generously supplemented with more than 200 photographs, drawings, and tables, Introductory Mining Engineering, Second Edition is an indispensable book for mining engineering students and a comprehensive reference for professionals.
Introduction to Mining.
Mining and Its Consequences.
Stages of Mining: Prospecting and Exploration.
Stages of Mining: Development and Exploitation.
Unit Operations of Mining.
Surface Mine Development.
Surface Mining: Mechanical Extraction Methods.
Surface Mining: Aqueous Extraction Methods.
Underground Mine Development.
Underground Mining: Unsupported Methods.
Underground Mining: Supported Methods.
Underground Mining: Caving Methods.
Novel Methods and Technology.
Summary of Mining Methods and Their Selection.
Appendix: Conversion Table, English to Metric Units (SI, or International System) Useful in Mining Engineering.
Answers to Selected Problems.