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Blocks of coal left between the workings of different mine owners and within those of a particular mine for safety and the reduction of operational costs. It helps to prevent disasters of inundation by water, of explosions, or fire involving an adjacent mine or another part of a mine and to prevent water running from one mine to another or from one section to another of the same mine. See also: barrier pillar Mason

Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms

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