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Mining and the Environment Fact sheet

Year Level(s) Years 3-6 Years 7-10
Subject Area(s) Science SOSE Earth & Environmental Science
Topic(s) Coal & Low Emission Technology Environment Mining Minerals Processing
Resource Type Fact Sheet

Mining provides us with minerals, metals and other materials we use every day and the fuel used to generate electricity. These minerals have economic value and can benefit mankind.

Although in Australia, less than 1% of the land is mined, depending on the size of the mine, method of mining and location, mining can have a significant impact on the environment. To minimise the effects of this impact, careful planning, management and supervision are required.

To read more, view the fact sheet.


Australian Curriculum content statements
Science: ACHGK068 (9); ACHASSK090 (4)

Mining and Environment Fact sheet

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