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Listed under:  Economics and business  >  Industries  >  Primary industry  >  Mining  >  Open-cut mining

Australian Cement in the Making, c1926: Quarrying limestone

This silent black-and-white clip from an industrial documentary made in the 1920s shows work in a limestone quarry at Portland, New South Wales. The clip focuses on a mobile steam shovel lifting large limestone blocks and rubble from the quarry face to carts on rail lines. A long-distance shot of the quarry face conveys ...


Coal and its uses

Find out where we get the coal that powers our homes and industries. This is a PowerPoint presentation outlining how coal is formed, mined, processed and used. All slides contain images or maps. Teachers' notes are included.


Rehabilitation of a mine site

Find out how the landscape is repaired after open-cut mining. This is a PowerPoint presentation showing rehabilitation work carried out at the Ensham open-cut coal mine in central Queensland. The slides are predominantly pictorial and illustrate the processes of planning, removal and stockpiling of overburden, mining, surface ...

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How do we mine coal?: open-cut processes

Find out how coal is mined by the open-cut process. Watch a short video describing the steps involved, from the loosening of the soil and rock above the coal by blasting with explosives, to the transportation of the uncovered coal to the coal preparation plant.

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Mine rehabilitation

Find out how mine sites are rehabilitated after mining has finished. Watch a short video, filmed at the Gregory Crinum open-cut mine in central Queensland, showing the steps involved in rehabilitating a site where open-cut mining has taken place. It shows how the overburden from spoil piles is contoured by bulldozers, covered ...


All about coal

Explore how coal is formed, mined, processed and used. View diagrams illustrating the formation of coal from early plant material to the hardest black coal. View statistics relating to the Queensland coal mining industry including the volumes of coal mined and exported.