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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.

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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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The Butchart Gardens

Once a productive limestone quarry on Vancouver Island, Canada, the Butchart Gardens have been developed into fifty acres of floral finery offering spectacular views as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. The quarry was the source of limestone for the Portland Cement company...

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Marblehead Quarry

The Lafarge North America Inc. Marblehead Quarry, located in Marblehead, Ohio, on the south shore of Lake Erie is one of the largest limestone quarries in Ohio.   ...

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Martin Marietta

Martin Marietta Aggregates opened the New Bern Quarry in 1958 as its second limestone quarry in North Carolina. Over 1,000 acres were permitted to be mined. The average depth of the mine was approximately 60 feet. Active excavation of marine limestone at the New Bern Quarry ceased in 1996. ...

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Walker Company of Kentucky, Inc.

The Walker Company of Kentucky Inc. operates a limestone quarry that has been recognized for its innovative and practical reclamation methods.  ...

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Mines Become Recreation Areas

Successful environmental reclamation examples from the sand, gravel and crushed stone industries. Former quarries and mined pits have been reclaimed and are now offering a wide variety of diverse land uses. The following pictures show recreation areas created from reclaimed quarries. ...

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From Mines to Office Parks

Successful environmental reclamation examples from the sand, gravel and crushed stone industries.  Former quarries and mined pits have been reclaimed and are now offering a wide variety of diverse land uses. The following pictures provide diverse examples of landscape architecture and...

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New Residential Areas

Successful environmental reclamation examples from the sand, gravel and crushed stone industries.  Former quarries and mined pits have been reclaimed and are now offering a wide variety of diverse land uses. Apartments, condominiums and housing developments spring from reclaimed lands. ...

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Golf Courses Spring from Reclaimed Mines

Successful environmental reclamation examples from the sand, gravel and crushed stone industries.  Former quarries and mined pits have been reclaimed and are now offering a wide variety of diverse land uses. Beautiful golf courses have been constructed from rugged quarry land. ...

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Anderson Creek Granite Quarry

Operated by Martin Marietta, the Anderson Creek Quarry is located 12 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia. The quarry is an open pit surface mining operation. Granite is drilled and blasted from the pit and crushed in the plant to produce construction aggregates for the surrounding community. ...

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Cabarrus Quarry

Operated by Vulcan Materials Company, the Cabarrus Quarry in North Carolina.  A volunteer wildlife team at Cabarrus Quarry manages over 150 acres of the 312-acre site for wildlife habitat. The most notable project implemented at the quarry is the nest monitoring program for eastern bluebird....

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Crooked Run Quarry

Operated by Laurel Aggregates Inc., and located in Maidsville, West Virginia, the Crooked Run Quarry mined Redstone, Sewickley and Pittsburgh limestone.  Prior to this mining operation, the Crooked Run Stream seldom had continuous flow. Due to numerous sink holes into the old Pittsburgh...

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Colorado Lien Company

The Owl Canyon Quarry Complex, a chemical grade limestone deposit located one mile southeast of Livermore, Colorado is one of the oldest known operating mines in northern Colorado. The Owl Canyon Quarry Complex is a complicated quarry situated on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Mining...

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