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Open Pit Mining

Open Pit Mining

Open Pit Mining Effects Closure of mine â†' Relocation Cheaper way to extract gravel, coal, nickel, etc Health and safety of communities affected from dusts from mineâ†' increase the incidence of respiratory problems or aggravate conditions like asthma/bronchitis Less dangerous for miners For a full scale treatment plant â†' the cost would be in 10's of Million. Millions to a billion dollars worth of minerals â†' gold, silver, copper, nickel High-paying steady jobs created (direct and indirect) Meet worldwide demand â†' jewelry, electronics Cheap electricity â†' coal Compensation to resident isn't adequate â†' The pollution (leakage from mountains or mining areas into the local economy) to most residents isn't worth the extra mineral Companies will have to help pay for water treatment Residue ore/sludge leaks â†' groundwater could turn into something resembling battery acid Destroys animal habitat â†' grizzly bears, bald eagles, moose, elk, peregrine eagles Closure of mine â†'unemployment, drop property value Dust stirred up â†' worsen air pollution Heavy Metals in waste water â†' kills water habitats Demolishes natural appearance â†' ruins the natural beauty of the environment's atmosphere and mountain. Fish depletion â†' acid mine pollution ex. Salmon Routes Pollution from mining spots find a path whether it be little or big and pollute nearest local economy Creates Acid Rain â†' causes acidification of lakes and streams and contributes to the damage of trees at high elevations. Destroys Trees â†' promotes Global Warming Acid rock drainage â†' when combined with oxygen and water it will harm the environment Coal dust greatly affects people who work with it Man lives lost â†' possibility of a cave in while working Health and safety of communities affected from dusts from mineâ†'...

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