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noun
mining in an open pit after removal of the overburden.
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British Dictionary definitions for strip mining

strip mining

noun
another term (esp US) for opencast mining
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Cultural definitions for strip mining

strip mining

Removing a mineral deposit from the Earth after first removing the layer of earth above it.

notes for strip mining

Strip mining, the cheapest method of mining, is also the most controversial, because it jeopardizes the environment, and because strip-mined land is either expensive or impossible to reclaim.
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