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2. HILUCS Topic: Mining

Last updated by Lena Hallin-Pihlatie

Question: Is the Land Use type 1_3_MiningAndQuarrying with subtypes 1_3_3_OtherMiningAndQuarrying and 1_3_2_MiningOfMetalOres and 1_3_1_MiningOfEnergyProducingMaterials consistently differentiated?

Proposal: mining areas should at first site be distinguished after their location as open pit mine or underground mining. The follow-up criteria can be mining product, or mining purpose. Further, Salines have a special character; therefore it makes sense to give them a separate class.

When implemented, a restructure of HILUCS classes would be necessary.

1_3_MiningAndQuarrying

1_3_1_MiningOfEnergyProducingMaterials

Mining and extraction of coal, lignite, peat, petroleum, natural gas, uranium and thorium.

1_3_2_MiningOfMetalOres

Mining of iron and other non-ferrous metal ores (except uranium and thorium).

1_3_3_OtherMiningAndQuarrying

Quarrying of stone, sand, clay, chemical, fertilizer minerals, the production of salt and other mining and quarrying.

1_3_3_1_Salines [EAGLE proposal]

This class applies for extraction sites of marine salt, where salty sea water is evaporated in natural or artificial basins, and the crystallized salt piled up and collected.
(EAGLE proposal, not yet in HILUCS)

1_3_X_SurfaceMining [EAGLE proposal]

This class describes mining that takes place on the Earth´s surface, like open pit mines and extraction sites.
(EAGLE proposal, not yet in HILUCS)

1_3_XX_UndergroundMining [EAGLE proposal]

This class describes mining that takes place under the Earth´s surface.
(EAGLE proposal, not yet in HILUCS)

1_3_XXX_UnderwaterMining [EAGLE proposal]

This class describes mining that takes place under the surface of water bodies.
(EAGLE proposal, not yet in HILUCS)

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