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strip mining

mining in an open pit after removal of the overburden.


[strip-mahyn] /ˈstrɪpˌmaɪn/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), strip-mined, strip-mining.
to excavate by open-cut methods.
Also, strip.
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strip mining

another term (esp US) for opencast mining
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strip mining definition

Removing a mineral deposit from the Earth after first removing the layer of earth above it.

Note: Strip mining, the cheapest method of mining, is also the most controversial, because it jeopardizes the environment, and because strip-mined land is either expensive or impossible to reclaim.
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