Longwall Mining

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Longwall mining is used for coal mining. A long wall of coal (up to 4 km long and up to 400 meters wide) is mined in a single slice.

In these operations, hydraulic jacks are placed in a long line and the coal is cut by a machine called the shearer (power loader).

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Latin America has some of the largest coal mines in the world. AngloAmerican, Glencore and BHP Biliton operate Cerrejón, with estimated resources of 1.961Mt coal.

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