Coal Mining Industry

New Zealand's coal mining industry includes reserves that are expected to last hundreds of years. These images from a West Coast open cast mine provide a glimpse into the many jobs involved in making today's coal mine an environmentally friendly operation.

© Peter Righteous

A 190 ton digger loads rock from a layer of overburden at open cast coal mine near Westport, New Zealand. The hard sandstone overburden may be up to 10 metres thick here. It is carted away to areas where mining has been completed so the site can be rehabilitated with native plants.

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