contour mining

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A type of strip mining in hilly areas where the mineral is exposed at the surface at roughly the same height along the hillside. It involves removing the overburden from the mineral seam, starting at the outcrop and proceeding around the hillside, so the cut appears as a contour line. Also known as contour strip mining.

Subjects: Environmental Science.

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