MINING IS LIKE A SEARCH AND DESTROY MISSION
Its finally the weekend and its real humid and hot here in Virginia. I’m originally from Florida, so I thought I could handle this weather, but I’m getting too old for this, I guess. Who thought that moving up north would be just as hot as down south?
I was surprised yesterday with three face-time calls with my daughter and grandson. I love it, our grandson; Jonah new thing is that he wants to hold us (the phone). So, today they were outside showing us their vegetables garden and the butterfly garden which most of the time Dan and I was seeing the sky.
That made my Friday, just seeing them and interacting, even if its over the iPhone. It’s amazing how technology is growing, it seems like just yesterday our daughter was the same age as our grandson. I remember calling my mom; however, we could not see her, but was able to talk. I made it part of my routine to visit my mom every week so Danielle could interact with her. Today they are able to zoom each other from a distance.
I started a new series of mini video’s and the topic is the word – perspective while everything that is going on in the world today and with so many opinions on Facebook.
We are all born perfect and whole in life itself in general and we are all living and dealing with two faces in this so-called life, sadness and happiness, hate and love so on and so forth. We all are both right and wrong in different perspectives and circumstances, and we are all whole in some certain thing and can be broke in another thing, something we have in common as people. The only difference is our outlook, how we react, how we perceive, and our perspective towards these two faces. It’s a personal choice, it’s either we will complain and cry of what had happened to us, or we embrace life the way as it is, learn the lessons with a smile and grow with unshakable inner strength and great wisdom. This is my personal choice simply because life is indeed beautiful and amazing.
Some think straight from their minds, some from their heart and the others are those who connect their brains to their hearts. I’ve realized whatever our personality is, at the end of the story, we need each other in so many ways.
Logical people need warm and soft-hearted people to make their world beautifully round. We should embrace our uniqueness as we all have a wonderful story to tell, experienced to share and wisdom to give.
WHAT ARE YOU –
STRAIGHT FROM THE MIND?
STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART?
OR ARE YOU ONE THAT CONNECTS THEIR BRAINS TO THEIR HEARTS?
Continuing on the subject of land pollution, is our next topic; mining activities.
This impacts our environment on so many levels. It can occur at local, regional, and global scale through direct and indirect mining practices. Impacts can result in erosion, sinkholes, loss of biodiversity, or the contamination of soil, groundwater, and surface water by the chemicals emitted from mining processes. These processes also have an impact on the atmosphere from the emissions of carbon which have effect on the quality of human health and biodiversity.
Some mining methods may have such significant environmental and public health effects that mining companies in some countries are required to follow strict environmental and rehabilitation codes to ensure that the mined area returns to its original state.
Impacts of mining is serious and can cause the following issues.
Erosion of exposed hillsides, mine dumps, tailings dams and resultant siltation of drainage's, creeks and rivers can significantly impact the surrounding areas.
In wilderness areas mining may cause destruction of ecosystems and habitats, and in areas of farming it may disturb or destroy productive grazing and croplands.
A sinkhole at or near a mine site is typically caused from the failure of a mine roof from the extraction of resources, weak overburden or geological discontinuities.
The overburden at the mine site can develop cavities in the subsoil or rock, which can infill with sand. These cavities in the overburden have the potential to eventually cave in, forming a sinkhole at the surface. The sudden failure of earth creates a large depression at the surface without warning, this can be seriously hazardous to life and property. Sinkholes at a mine site can be mitigated with the proper design of infrastructure such as mining supports and better construction of walls to create a barrier around an area prone to sinkholes. Back-filling and grouting can be done to stabilize abandoned underground workings.
Mining can have harmful effects on surrounding surface and groundwater. If proper precautions are not taken, there can be unnaturally high concentrations of chemicals, such as arsenic, sulfuric acid, and mercury over a significant area of surface or subsurface water. With large amounts of water used for mine drainage, mine cooling, aqueous extraction and other mining processes, it increases the potential for these chemicals to contaminate ground and surface water.
As mining produces copious amounts of waste water, disposal methods are limited due to contaminates within the waste water. Runoff containing these chemicals can lead to the devastation of the surrounding vegetation. The dumping of the runoff in surface waters or in a lot of forests is the worst option.
Therefore, submarine tailings disposal is regarded as a better option (if the waste is pumped to great depth). Land storage and refilling of the mine after it has been depleted is even better, if no forests need to be cleared for the storage of debris. The contamination of watersheds resulting from the leakage of chemicals also has an effect on the health of the local population.
In well-regulated mines, hydrologists and geologists take careful measurements of water to take precaution to exclude any type of water contamination that could be caused by the mine's operations. The minimization of environmental degradation is enforced in American mining practices by federal and state law, by restricting operators to meet standards for the protection of surface and groundwater from contamination. This is best done through the use of non-toxic extraction processes as bioleaching.
Sub-surface mining often progresses below the water table, so water must be constantly pumped out of the mine in order to prevent flooding. When a mine is abandoned, the pumping ceases, and water floods the mine. This introduction of water is the initial step in most acid rock drainage situations.
Dissolution and transport of metals and heavy metals by run-off and ground water is another example of environmental problems with mining.
Humans are also affected by mining. There are many diseases that can come from the pollutants that are released into the air and water during the mining process.
For example, during smelting operations large quantities of air pollutants, such as the suspended particulate matter, SOx, arsenic particles and cadmium, are emitted. Metals are usually emitted into the air as particulates as well. There are also many occupational health hazards that miners face. Most of miners suffer from various respiratory and skin diseases such as asbestosis, silicosis, or black lung disease.
The environmental factors of the coal industry are not only impacting air pollution, water management and land use but also is causing severe health effects by the burning of the coal. Air pollution is increasing in numbers of toxins such as mercury, lead, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other heavy metals.
POTENTIAL IS PRICELESS 💰
Good day Saturday 🌞 Potential is a priceless treasure ❤️ like gold💰 All of us have gold hidden within, but we have to dig to get it out. Have a great weekend.
This is causing health issues involving breathing difficulties and is impacting the wildlife around the surrounding areas that needs clean air to survive.
With open cast mining the overburden, which may be covered in forest, must be removed before the mining can commence. Although the deforestation due to mining may be small compared to the total amount it may lead to species extinction if there is a high level of local endemism. The lifecycle of mining coal is one of the filthiest cycles that causes deforestation due to the amount of toxins, and heavy metals that are released soil and water environment.
Oil shale is a sedimentary rock containing kerogen which hydrocarbons can be produced. Mining oil shale impacts the environment it can damage the biological land and ecosystems. The thermal heating and combustion generate a lot of material and waste that includes carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas.
Many environmentalists are against the production and usage of oil shale because it creates large amounts of greenhouse gasses. Among air pollution, water contamination is a huge factor mainly because oil shales are dealing with oxygen and hydrocarbons. There is changes in the landscape with mining sites due to oil shale mining and the production using chemical products.
The ground movements within the area of underground mining is a problem that is long-term because it causes non-stabilized areas. Underground mining causes a new formation that can be suitable for some plant growth, but rehabilitation could be required.
I hope this gives you the overall picture that it is not just affecting us, but mother earth.
Agriculture is the most destructive industry that we have. More than coal mining and other extractive industries. Allan Savor
TWO DISHES IN ONE🍆
Who says leftovers cannot be different❓ With a little imagination you can create a different meal🍆
Until tomorrow, I will give you the ingredients and recipe of these dishes.
I’m going to leave with this message; there are four very important words in life: love, honesty, truth, and respect. Without these in your life, you have nothing.” We sure need more of these four words in our lives in this day and age.