Mining and the Environment Fact sheet

Topic

Coal & Low Emission Technology

Environment

Mining

Type of Resource

Fact Sheet

Year Level

Years 3-6

Years 7-10

Subject

Geography

Science

SOSE

Sector

Energy & Renewables

Resources for

Teachers

Australian Curriculum Content Statements
v9.0
v8.4

Introduction

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.