Large-scale extraction of rock can have dramatic effects on the environment, but how can we minimise the negative effects?
- The negative impacts of quarrying are managed in three main ways: development of transport networks, size restriction and regeneration.
- The environmental impacts of haulage are minimised by using alternative rail and water links.
- The impact upon landscapes and habitats are minimised by size restrictions, and caps imposed on the level of extraction.
- Many exhausted quarries have undergone regeneration becoming hubs for leisure and tourism, and conservation projects.
Extracting rock from the Earth's surface can involve big business, large machinery and vast mines.
Quarry – open-air mine for extraction of rock
Quarrying is often controversial, but certain measures can be taken to manage its negative impacts.
Quarries are often sited in rural areas where jobs are limited.
By recruiting local workers ...
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