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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Mining & Careers Resources

MEC has created a series of mining & minerals career resources to show students how an interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry.

Find Mining & Career bookmarks and interviews with mining professionals here.

 

 

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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

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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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Big Brown Mine

The Big Brown Mine, located in Freestone County, Texas, operated by TXU Mining Company have mined and reclaimed over 14,000 acres.   ...

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Kempton Coal Mine

Straddling the Maryland and West Virginia border, the Kempton Mine #42 was operated by the Davis Coal and Coke Company from 1914 until 1950. Following closure, the mine site and the company town were abandoned. Many of the surface support structures were left in a state of disrepair and collapse....

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Cantenary Coal Company

The Catenary Coal Company, located in Raleigh County, West Virginia, has taken an aggressive approach in the reclamation of its mined areas.  As a result, one of the finest wildlife habitats in southern West Virginia has been established. ...

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Lost Mountain Mining Company

The Lost Mountain Mining Company is a fossil fuel company recognized for its successful reclamation of a surface coal mine site.  This mine, referred was positioned atop a large mountain in southeastern Kentucky.  The mine covered 2,156 acres and produced an average of 1.8 million tons...

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Arkadelphia Coal Mine

The Drummond Company, Inc., operated the Arkadelphia Mine from 1970 until reserves were depleted in 1995.  Some of the best coal produced in Alabama came from those reserves for 25 years, and some of the best reclamation in the State of Alabama, and the nation, followed.   ...

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Carbon Fuel Resources, Inc.

Carbon Fuel Resources, Inc. is located in Fayette County in Ronco, Pennsylvania. ...

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Arctic Char Fish Hatchery

Thacker Fork, West Virginia, uses cold, pure water from Arch Coalís Mingo Logan mine for the only arctic char fish hatchery east of the Mississippi. More than 100,000 of these members of the salmon family find this mine water perfect for hatching and growing. ...

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G&S Coal Company, Inc.

G&S Coal Company, Inc. is a coal mining company recognized by the Maryland Department of the Environment for their outstanding reclamation of their Chestnut Grove Mine.  This mine is located near the town of Swanton in the state of Maryland.  The company was nominated for the IMCC...

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Classroom on the Mountain

A multiple-state reclamation award winner, Catenary Coal Company's Samples Mine Complex has added another aspect to its ongoing focus on wildlife habitat enhancement. The company has entered into a cooperative agreement with Riverside High School as part of the Fellowship Program between West...

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Larson Enterprises, Inc.

Larson Enterprises, Inc. is a coal mining company located in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, in the town of Kylertown.  This small company has prided itself on maintaining an outstanding standard for reclamation since its beginning.  Initially, several challenging problems faced the...

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