Story: Mining and underground resources

Excavation machines

Excavation machines

Heavy earth-moving machinery is needed to excavate the hard rock found in most West Coast opencast mines. This hydraulic excavator is loading a 120-tonne truck that hauls coal to the bins. For a sense of scale, note the driver to the upper right of the truck.

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Doug Hood Mining

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Simon Nathan, 'Mining and underground resources - Mining regulation and education', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9252/excavation-machines (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006