About MEC

The Minerals Education Coalition’s (MEC) mission is to identify, produce and disseminate fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities and to inform and educate the general public about the importance of mining in their everyday lives.

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MEC Spotlights


Each year, new minerals must be mined to support our lives and lifestyles. The Mineral Baby shows examples of the 3.03 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime.

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Iron in Our Electrical World, an 18-minute 40-second video, will be a valuable resource for high school teachers and students, as well as informative and entertaining for all others with an interest in science. See why iron is such a crucial component of the world of electricity, from electric guitars to Tesla cars to roller coasters!

Click here to view the Iron in Our Electrical World video.

 

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Reclamation Stories

MINE RECLAMATION

Mining inevitably disturbs land. Modern mines reclaim the surface during and after mining is completed, returning the land to useful purposes. Reclaimed mine lands are often more attractive to wildlife and human uses than before mining started.

During Mining

After Reclamation

 

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Coal, Industrial, Metals

or browse through our full list below.

All Reclamation Success Stories

Rudersdorf Limestone Quarry, Germany

When Britain's RMC bought the Rudersdorf limestone quarry in Germany in 1990, it invested heavily in the entire site to bring the quarry's environmental credentials up to RMC's own high standards. Important natural areas are being developed which provide habitat for wildlife such as...

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Peabody Group's Midwest Coal Operations

An intensive, groundbreaking effort to reforest mined lands in western Kentucky creates breathtaking results for hunters, fishermen and outdoor adventurers alike. It's also given Peabody Group's Midwest Operations distinction for tremendous industry leadership. Peabody was the first to...

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Cave Run Limestone

The Cave Run Stone Quarry is actively mining limestone formations near West Liberty, Kentucky. They have an excellent compliance record at the operation; they have never been cited for any violations of Kentucky's Surface Mining Regulations. The site has been in operation since the mid-1960s....

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Blackwater River Limestone Drum Station

Acid Mine Drainage Completely Neutralized ...

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Abingdon Limestone Quarry

American Limestone Company, Inc., runs the Abingdon Quarry in southwestern Virginia. After acquiring the Quarry in 1989, American Limestone began a major cleanup of the site. Old cars, scrap metals, old structures, etc., were removed from the site. Many improvements were made to the plant,...

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Scott-Garrett Mine

Scott-Garrett Mine nominated by the South Carolina Bureau of Land and Waste Management for the 1998 IMCC award. ...

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Harbison-Walker Refractories Co.

Harbison-Walker Refractories Co. operated a fireclay mine in Greenup, Kentucky.  The Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet of Kentucky nominated this company for the 1998 Interstate Mining Compact Commission's (IMCC) Reclamation Awards.  They found its mining and...

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Fossil Trace Golf Club

Carved out of an old clay quarry, Fossil Trace Golf Club is a beautiful new course at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Owned and operated by the City of Golden, Colorado, the course has already garnered numerous awards for design.  Fossils of palm leaves, fish, and prehistoric beasts...

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Continental Brick Company

The Continental Brick Company is the last remaining brick manufacturing plant in West Virginia. Located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the plant serves the Washington D.C., New York City, and Pittsburgh markets. The company has a number of quarry sites located adjacent to the historic brick plant...

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Post-Mining Land Use

Steve H. Dula, President and General manager, Hobet Mining Inc., a subsidiary of Arch Coal of West Virginia, presented a talk "A historic and operational perspective of post-mining land use" to the Fall 2002 joint meeting of the West Virginia coal Mining Institute and Central...

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Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection

An abandoned coal mine reclamation project in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, has restored state game lands and transformed environmental and public safety hazards into a wildlife paradise.  The site was characterized by dangerous highwalls, large spoil piles and acid mine drainage. The...

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Coal Combustion Products

Coal Combustion Products (CCPs) are produced from the combustion of coal, the principal fuel source for today's electric energy needs. The four basic types of coal are anthracite, bituminous, subbituminous and lignite. Coal ash is produced in electric power plants by the burning of coal in...

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