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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 21, 2024
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
The course is designed to study the environmental impact of coal, stone, and other mining operation and examine the engineering controls used to mitigate these impacts. The examination begins with the exploration and permitting of the mine site, emphasizing important environmental issues. Next, the impacts of active mining on land and water use are outlined. Most of these issues are related to subsidence impacting surface structures and water movement both at the surface and underground. To complete the mine’s life cycle, closure and remediation issues are investigated. Lastly, a detailed examination of the issues associated with abandoned mined-lands, i.e. Acid-mine drainage, mass-wasting, fires, etc., Are studied. Throughout the course, engineering controls that focus on mitigating the environmental impacts of mining are acknowledged and assessed.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Letter Grade
Course Requirements: PROG: Swanson School of Engineering

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