: involving the removal of the surface of a large area of land to get at a mineral or other material that is near to the surface
an open-pit mine

Examples of open-pit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Mozambique, open-pit coal mining has severely harmed the health of people in local communities and led to land expropriation and human rights abuses. Nnimmo Bassey, Foreign Affairs, 17 Feb. 2022 One Sky Island range to the north, in the Santa Ritas, Hudbay is developing what promises to be a massive open-pit copper mine called Copper World. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 But extraction would likely require a large open-pit mine, according to experts familiar with rare-earth mining practices. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 8 May 2024 Here, police and security officers from the energy company RWE block activists belonging to the Ende Gelände action alliance, who have entered the Hambach open-pit mine. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 18 Apr. 2024 The reports says a new 211-mile road would allow open-pit mines, reduce subsistence access for 66 remote villages, further weaken permafrost, and require thousands of damaging crossings over streams, rivers and wetlands, which could endanger the state's second-largest caribou herd. USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2024 Piedmont’s open-pit lithium mine, similar to a quarry, will be up to 500 feet deep, with blasting once a day, The Charlotte Observer previously reported. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 16 Apr. 2024 Those listed in the database include the assassinations of a Honduran activist who protested an open-pit mine in 2020, a Honduran activist who was fighting a new dam on the Ulua River in 2021, and an activist in Cuernavaca, Mexico, who had led protests over inadequate water service. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2023 Chingola is home to one of the biggest open-pit mines in the world, which is a series of workings that stretch for more than 6.2 miles. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 2 Dec. 2023

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“Open-pit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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