Active mining area
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- The area, on and beneath land, used or disturbed in activity related to the extraction, removal, or recovery of coal from its natural deposits. This term excludes coal preparation plants, areas associated with coal preparation plants, and post-mining areas. SME, 1
- The area in which active mining takes place relative also to extraction of metal ores, industrial minerals, and other minerals of economic value.
Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms