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Worldwatch Institute, 1997 (figures for 1995)
Uploaded on Wednesday 22 Feb 2012
Mining and ore waste
Mining waste takes up a great deal of space, blights the
landscape and often affects local habitats. By its very nature it can constitute a serious safety hazard. Poor management may allow acidic and metals containing drainage to the environmnent, it can result in contaminated dusts be spread by the wind, and can also pose a physical risk. Indeed, the failure of structures such as dams built to contain mining waste has lead to many accidental spills with extremely serious consequences.