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World's biggest mine: Inside US coal
Published: 2014/11/10
Channel: The Guardian
Mining America Ep12 Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine 6/25/16 Philipsburg Montana
Mining America Ep12 Gem Mountain Sapphire Mine 6/25/16 Philipsburg Montana
Published: 2016/07/04
Channel: Mining America
Mining in the USA:" United States: A Ten Talent Nation" 1922 American Motion Picture Corp.
Mining in the USA:" United States: A Ten Talent Nation" 1922 American Motion Picture Corp.
Published: 2013/11/18
Channel: Jeff Quitney
How Is Uranium Mining Conducted in the United States?
How Is Uranium Mining Conducted in the United States?
Published: 2012/07/10
Channel: Nuclear Energy Institute
Gold Mining in South Dakota | Largest Gold Mine in North America | Documentary | 1940 HD NATURAL 20
Gold Mining in South Dakota | Largest Gold Mine in North America | Documentary | 1940 HD NATURAL 20
Published: 2017/05/13
Channel: Roge Don
United States Gold Mining Claim - Arizona - 2017
United States Gold Mining Claim - Arizona - 2017
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc.
Mining America Ep13 Spencer Opal Mine 6/27/16 Spencer Idaho
Mining America Ep13 Spencer Opal Mine 6/27/16 Spencer Idaho
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Robert Woods
Inside the Resolution Copper Mine, 1.3 Miles Underground
Inside the Resolution Copper Mine, 1.3 Miles Underground
Published: 2016/03/14
Channel: Bloomberg
Top 10 Largest Gold Mines In The World
Top 10 Largest Gold Mines In The World
Published: 2016/08/15
Channel: facts@WEB
Jade Mining: The Next Gold Rush? Contest Winner
Jade Mining: The Next Gold Rush? Contest Winner
Published: 2016/11/27
Channel: USMiner
Inside The Underground Labyryth - Coal Mining Documentary - FIlms
Inside The Underground Labyryth - Coal Mining Documentary - FIlms
Published: 2015/07/30
Channel: Films
Coal Mining in the United States
Coal Mining in the United States
Published: 2014/05/26
Channel: Coal Mining Inc.
State Police Interrupt a Gold Mining Operation in Oregon!
State Police Interrupt a Gold Mining Operation in Oregon!
Published: 2015/05/14
Channel: Bearkat4160
12 Biggest Mines
12 Biggest Mines
Published: 2016/10/03
Channel: Talltanic
Exploring Active Mines: Alleghany
Exploring Active Mines: Alleghany's Sixteen to One Mine
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: TVR Exploring
FNN: Trump and Miners Speak As POTUS Signs Bill Undoing Obama
FNN: Trump and Miners Speak As POTUS Signs Bill Undoing Obama's Coal Mining Rule
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: FOX 10 Phoenix
Eye On Luminant: Safest Large Mining Operation in the United States
Eye On Luminant: Safest Large Mining Operation in the United States
Published: 2016/03/17
Channel: Luminant
Mining for Minerals 1000 Feet Underground
Mining for Minerals 1000 Feet Underground
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: BLM EasternStates
America
America's Coal Crisis is Leaving Abandoned Mines Behind
Published: 2016/09/28
Channel: Inside Energy
The Collapse of Coal
The Collapse of Coal
Published: 2016/09/23
Channel: Inside Energy
Iron mining in the United States Top # 6 Facts
Iron mining in the United States Top # 6 Facts
Published: 2015/11/01
Channel: YaGRFT
Royal Peacock Opal Mine
Royal Peacock Opal Mine
Published: 2011/03/01
Channel: Henry Kingman
West Virginia Mining Disaster - SURVIVORS
West Virginia Mining Disaster - SURVIVORS
Published: 2017/02/01
Channel: Bad Day HQ
American Gold Rush History Documentary
American Gold Rush History Documentary
Published: 2014/12/22
Channel: Docu Share
Tungsten Mining In The Sierra Nevada - 1970s Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42
Tungsten Mining In The Sierra Nevada - 1970s Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42
Published: 2016/03/03
Channel: wdtvlive42 - Archive Footage
Mining America Ep 14 BLM Sunstone Res 6/8/16 Plush Oregon
Mining America Ep 14 BLM Sunstone Res 6/8/16 Plush Oregon
Published: 2016/07/23
Channel: Mining America
Sterling Hill Mining Museum Documentary
Sterling Hill Mining Museum Documentary
Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: SussexTech
African-American coal miners on life in Appalachia
African-American coal miners on life in Appalachia
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: CNN
Mining America Ep11 Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine 6/26/16 Helena Montana
Mining America Ep11 Spokane Bar Sapphire Mine 6/26/16 Helena Montana
Published: 2016/07/04
Channel: Mining America
Mining and Resistance in Dinétah
Mining and Resistance in Dinétah
Published: 2016/07/07
Channel: The Laura Flanders Show
How Coal Mines Work: "Mining and Preparation of Anthracite Coal" c 1934 Delaware & Lackawanna Coal
How Coal Mines Work: "Mining and Preparation of Anthracite Coal" c 1934 Delaware & Lackawanna Coal
Published: 2013/10/21
Channel: Jeff Quitney
The United States Minerals Mining Permitting Process
The United States Minerals Mining Permitting Process
Published: 2011/07/28
Channel: NationalMining
Anthracite Coal Mining circa 1920
Anthracite Coal Mining circa 1920
Published: 2015/03/27
Channel: Jeff Quitney
The Top Ten Biggest Gold Mines in the World
The Top Ten Biggest Gold Mines in the World
Published: 2016/08/27
Channel: The Top Ten
America
America's largest Bitcoin mining farm
Published: 2014/08/08
Channel: DigitalCurrency
Coal mining in the United States Top  #5 Facts
Coal mining in the United States Top #5 Facts
Published: 2016/01/28
Channel: Rishika Janaki
us Mining
us Mining
Published: 2013/04/18
Channel: Jacob Smith
Montana Tech Mining Games
Montana Tech Mining Games
Published: 2016/06/09
Channel: Westley Lund
1920s Iron ore mining and production in the Mesabi range U.S.A
1920s Iron ore mining and production in the Mesabi range U.S.A
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
American Paramount Gold - mining video
American Paramount Gold - mining video
Published: 2010/06/29
Channel: AmericanParamntGold
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Part 3 - Mining
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Part 3 - Mining
Published: 2014/02/18
Channel: UnitedGamer
Mining Built This Country  - Gold Rush Expeditions - 2017
Mining Built This Country - Gold Rush Expeditions - 2017
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: Gold Rush Expeditions, Inc.
Ashcroft Ghost Town - Aspen - Colorado - USA.Abandoned Mining Town.
Ashcroft Ghost Town - Aspen - Colorado - USA.Abandoned Mining Town.
Published: 2015/05/18
Channel: American Ghost Towns
US just handed out mining rights on the moon
US just handed out mining rights on the moon
Published: 2015/02/07
Channel: RT America
Cherry Creek Abandoned Gold Mining Town - Nevada - American Ghost Towns.
Cherry Creek Abandoned Gold Mining Town - Nevada - American Ghost Towns.
Published: 2015/09/15
Channel: American Ghost Towns
How Copper is Mined and Refined: "Copper Mining and Smelting" 1949 Viking Pictures
How Copper is Mined and Refined: "Copper Mining and Smelting" 1949 Viking Pictures
Published: 2016/04/04
Channel: Jeff Quitney
Toshiba, Mining Titans Back GoviEx Uranium
Toshiba, Mining Titans Back GoviEx Uranium
Published: 2016/07/05
Channel: CEO.CA
THE PETRIFIED RIVER  URANIUM MINING IN THE WESTERN USA  75674
THE PETRIFIED RIVER URANIUM MINING IN THE WESTERN USA 75674
Published: 2015/08/19
Channel: PeriscopeFilm
Montana Sapphires Mountain Mining Men!
Montana Sapphires Mountain Mining Men!
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: TheNaturalSapphireCo
President Trump Reverses Obama
President Trump Reverses Obama's Coal Mining Rule (2017)
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Samuel Erwin
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Mining in the United States has been active since colonial times, but became a major industry in the 19th century with a number of new mineral discoveries causing a series of mining "rushes." In 2015, the value of coal, metals, and industrial minerals mined in the United States was US$109.6 billion. 158,000 workers were directly employed by the mining industry.[1]

Top Commodities mined in the US, 2015

Rank Commodity Value, US$ billion
1 Coal $31.3
2 Crushed rock $13.8
3 Cement $9.8
4 Industrial Sand and Gravel $8.3
5 Copper $7.6
6 Gold $7.6
7 Construction Sand and Gravel $7.2
8 Iron Ore $3.8
Source: US Geological Survey, Mineral Commodities Summaries, 2016.[2]

History[edit]

See also:

Mining by mineral[edit]

Mining by state[edit]

Mining accidents[edit]

Non-coal mining fatalities in the United States, 1911-2014 (data from US Department of Labor)

From 1880 to 1910, mine accidents claimed thousands of fatalities. Where annual mining deaths had numbered more than 1,000 a year during the early part of the 20th century, they decreased to an average of about 500 during the late 1950s, and to 93 during the 1990s.[3] In addition to deaths, many thousands more are injured (an average of 21,351 injuries per year between 1991 and 1999), but overall there has been a downward trend of deaths and injuries.

The Monongah Mining Disaster was the worst mining accident of American history; 362 workers were killed in an underground explosion on December 6, 1907 in Monongah, West Virginia. The U.S. Bureau of Mines was created in 1910 to investigate accidents, advise industry, conduct production and safety research, and teach courses in accident prevention, first aid, and mine rescue. The Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Acts of 1969 and 1977 set further safety standards for the industry.

In 1959, the Knox Mine Disaster occurred in Port Griffith, Pennsylvania. The swelling Susquehanna river collapsed into a mine under it and resulted in 12 deaths. In Plymouth, Pennsylvania, the Avondale Mine Disaster resulted in the deaths of 108 miners and two rescue workers after a fire in the only shaft eliminated the oxygen in the mine. Federal laws for mining safety ensued this disaster. Pennsylvania suffered another disaster in 2002 at Quecreek, 9 miners were trapped underground and subsequently rescued after 78 hours. During 2006, 72 miners lost their lives at work, 47 by coal mining. The majority of these fatalities occurred in Kentucky and West Virginia, including the Sago Mine Disaster.[4][5] On April 5, 2010, in the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster an underground explosion caused the deaths of 29 miners.

Controversies[edit]

Mines are often controversial in their local areas, with local residents split by those in favor particularly due to the economic impact of new jobs and those concerned by the environmental impact and occupational hazards. In the case of the proposed Crandon mine, the U.S. Supreme Court found that tribes have the right to regulate water and air which destroyed the economic feasibility of the project.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ US Geological Survey, Mineral Commodity Summaries, 2016.
  2. ^ US Geological Survey, Mineral Commodity Summaries, 2016.
  3. ^ Historical Data on Mine Disasters in the United States U.S. Department of Labor
  4. ^ All Mining Fatalities By State U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 15 January 2007
  5. ^ Coal Fatalities By State U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, 15 January 2007
  6. ^ Bergquist, Lee. 2002. "Decision puts water quality in tribe's hands; Sokaogon can set standard near mine." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/4/2002, 1A.

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