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Open-cut Mining fact sheet

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

This is a fact sheet that provides information about open-cut mining and how the environmental impacts are managed.

Educational value statement

  • Describes how open-cut mining is carried out
  • Includes a table listing environmental impacts of underground mining and how each impact is managed.
  • Can be downloaded as a PDF file.

Key learning objectives

  • Students describe how mineral resources are extracted by open-cut mining
  • Students explain how environmental impacts of open-cut mining can be managed.


  • Science Understanding: Earth and space sciences
  • Science as a Human Endeavour: Use and influence of science
  • Geographical knowledge and understanding.

Australian Curriculum content statements (explicit)

Science: ACSSU075 (4); ACSHE120 (7); ACSHE121 (7); ACSHE135 (8); ACSHE136 (8); ACSSU153 (8); ACHGK051 (8)

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