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[oh-puh n-pit] /ˈoʊ pənˌpɪt/
adjective, Mining.
noting or pertaining to a type of surface mining in which massive, usually metallic mineral deposits are removed by cutting benches in the walls of a broad, deep funnel-shaped excavation.
Origin of open-pit
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One would think that open-pit coal mining would destroy fossils.
  • The fossil snake bones were found in an open-pit coal mine, along with its prey, which included turtles and crocodiles.
  • To get at the bitumen, the companies bulldoze wetlands to create vast open-pit mines.
  • Where abundant capital is available, the preferred method is open-pit mining.
  • Where the trapline and the cabin once were, and the forest, there is now a large open-pit mine.
  • At the other end of the spectrum are vast, open-pit mines run by the world's largest mining companies.
  • The tour includes views of the mine's wastewater treatment plant and open-pit mine.
  • There, near a concrete hole reminiscent of an open-pit mine, clusters of laborers pour cement and lash lengths of bamboo.
  • Worse, they say, he recently lifted a ban on open-pit mining.

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