strip mine


Definition of strip mine

: a mine that is worked from the earth's surface by the stripping of overburden especially : a coal mine situated along the outcrop of a flat dipping bed

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Other Words from strip mine

strip-mine \ ˈstrip-​ˌmīn How to pronounce strip mine (audio) \ verb
strip miner noun

Examples of strip mine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On first blush, crafting almost commands the player to see the island as a mere strip mine—not to mention neighboring islands visited only for resource extraction and then forgotten forever. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "There Are No Losers in the Animal Crossing Economy," 15 Apr. 2020 The Navajo company bought the 275-worker Spring Creek strip mine along the Wyoming border and two mines in Wyoming last year from bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy. Washington Post, "Montana, Navajo company reach deal on mine to waive immunity," 12 Mar. 2020 Kentucky Humane Society President Lori Redmon said there are three additional surviving horses near the strip mine. Washington Post, "Third horse rescued in Kentucky where 20 others were killed," 14 Jan. 2020 What was once a forest brimming with diverse life, before becoming a denuded strip mine and then a weedy rubble pile, would be a forest again. Washington Post, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 13 Feb. 2020 The land includes areas that had formerly been strip mined for lignite coal and then reclaimed, the lakes that have formed on top of those areas, and a 1,000 acre industrial site. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Would you like an aluminum smelter with that ranchland? That’ll be $250 million," 23 May 2018 These are American landscapes where drill rigs and strip mines simply don’t belong. Matt Lee-ashley, Fortune, "Commentary: Secretary Zinke’s Empty Promise to Fund the National Parks," 16 Apr. 2018 Recovered from the mountain area Letšeng strip mine in January, the stone is believed to be the fifth-largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Fifth-largest gem quality diamond in world history sells for $40M," 13 Mar. 2018 Cuccinelli describes with outrage the economic conditions in southwestern Virginia, where many mountaintop strip mines have closed. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "How the EPA's Scott Pruitt Became the Most Dangerous Member of Trump’s Cabinet," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of strip mine

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Strip mine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of strip mine

: a mine that is dug by removing the surface of a large piece of land one section at a time

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