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New York Rock Talk

There are over 2500 permitted mining operations in New York State producing over 25 mineral commodities and affecting over 40,000 acres of land that need to be reclaimed.

New York ranks in the top 20 nationally in non-fuel mineral production.

New York holds over $60,000,000 in financial security to make sure mined land is reclaimed to a beneficial use.

There is no coal in New York State.

It takes approximately 65,000 tons of aggregate, including sand, gravel, and crushed stone--enough to fill a standard football field 27 feet deep--to build one mile of the New York State Thruway.

Each and every one of us in New York uses 50 pounds of mineral products per day for building roads, sidewalks, houses and other buildings--almost 10 tons per person per year.

Did you know...?

Mining can only occur where natural deposits lie.

Mineral products are used by billions of consumers everyday, but -- amazingly -- more than 99.9 percent of the earth's surface has never been touched by mining.

Look around--if it can't be grown, it has to be mined.

How Mined Land is Reclaimed

DEC requires that surface mine operators implement a plan to restore the land after mineral deposits have been removed. The work often includes grading, erosion control and plantings. The finished product may result in community recreational facilities, nature trails or wildlife habitats.

1. Surface is removed.

surface is removed

2. Mineral is mined.

material is mined

3. Surface is reclaimed.

surface is reclaimed

"New York Rock Talk" first appeared as the back page of reprints of an article on mining that appeared in the August 1997 Conservationist. For a copy of the reprint, which also includes photographs of common minerals of New York State, see our Mineral Resources Public Information Order Forms.

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