Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use


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Choose the appropriate statement that refers to open-pit mining.

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1. Which of the following compares longwall mining to solution mining?

2. Subsurface mining is _____ disruptive to the earth and produces _____ waste than surface mining.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of environmental impacts of mineral use. Topics you'll be assessed on include identifying three types of mining as well as descriptions of minerals and smelting.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on descriptions of the following terms:

  • Longwall mining
  • Open-pit mining
  • Minerals
  • Smelting
  • Subsurface mining

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on environmental impacts of mineral use
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as open-pit mining and smelting
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding mineral use
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about surface and subsurface mining

Additional Learning

To learn more about the subject, review the accompanying lesson titled Extraction and Processing of Minerals & the Environmental Impacts of Mineral Use. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe what minerals and mining are
  • Compare and contrast surface mining with subsurface mining
  • Define smelting
  • Know two examples of surface mining and two examples of subsurface mining
  • Relate at least five harmful effects of mining