Environmental Risks of Mining
Mining is an inherently invasive process that can cause damage to a landscape in an area much larger than the mining site itself. The effects of this damage can continue years after a mine has shut down, including the addition to greenhouse gasses, death of flora and fauna, and erosion of land and habitat.
Limestone Quarrying and Processing: A Life-Cycle Inventory
Process flow diagram for limestone quarrying operations. 3 As shown in Figure 1, the first step in quarrying is to gain access to the limestone deposit. This is achieved by removing the layer of earth, vegetation, and rock unsuitable for product—collectively