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PREFERRED TERM
mine waste  
BROADER CONCEPT
ENTRY TERMS
  • mine spoil
  • mine tailings
  • tailing piles
SCOPE NOTE
  • Earth materials removed during mining and concentrated in piles or beds, typically near the site of extraction. Tailings are mine waste that has been processed to remove valuable components; unprocessed mine waste includes overburden removed to reach commodity materials such as ore or coal.
URI
https://www2.usgs.gov/science/USGSThesaurus/mine%20waste
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