Primer: The Mining Industry (PDF 571.25 KB)
- Minerals are solid substances, formed through biogeochemical processes, with specific chemical compositions and physical properties.
- Extracting valuable, desired minerals often involves a process of separating desired minerals from other minerals that are within the same rock or ore.
- The life cycle of a mine includes many stages that can include a production phase that lasts as long as 100 years.
- In contrast to the petroleum sector, the largest mining companies are privately held.
Mine Life Cycle - Mining Industry