What are some pros and cons of mining?

1 Answer

List of major aspects below:


In a nutshell, although it is an undeniable fact that mining affects our world enormously, we ought not to demonize its practice while its benefits are constantly enjoyed by the large majority of people.


I. Economic incomes.

  • enormous earnings by exportation, private contracts

II. Job offers/opportunities for locals.

III. Extraction of essential resources (raw materials)

  • natural gas, oil, coal, minerals, etc.
  • it brings about energy


I. Contamination of the natural environment, pollution

  • such as AMD or acid mine drainage and contaminated water souces. This is a counter-effect against agriculture.

II. (Barely permanent) destruction of ecosystems

  • erosion, denaturalisation,

III. Chemical poisoning of people nearby.