Caving

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  1. A stoping method in which ore is broken by induced caving. This may be achieved by (1) block caving, including caving to main levels and caving to chutes or branched raises; or (2) sublevel caving. See also: stope
  2. In coal mining, the practice of encouraging the roof over the waste to collapse freely so that it fills the waste area, thereby avoiding the need to pack. In metal mining, caving implies the dropping of the overburden as part of the system of mining. See also: block caving; sublevel caving; top slicing. Nelson
  3. The failure and sloughing in of sidewalls of boreholes, mine workings, or excavations. Long
  4. Fall of rock underground. See also: cavings


Source: Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms


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