Blanket shooting

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Applied to a method of blasting on a face not exceeding 30 ft or 35 ft (9.1 m or 10.7 m) in height. It involves leaving at the quarry face a mass of shattered rock several feet in thickness that serves as a buffer, preventing the rock from being thrown far from its source, and also rendering the shot more effective. Syn: buffer shooting; shooting against the bank. Fay

Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms

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