Appalachia flattened by as much as 40 percent by mining practices
February 13, 2016, 5:51 a.m. by Bryan Nelson
Mountaintop removal mining is one of the most destructive forms of resource extraction, and it's taking its toll.
Only known wild jaguar in the U.S. caught on camera in Arizona
February 8, 2016, 12:19 p.m. by Jaymi Heimbuch
Jaguars used to roam all over the Southwest but now are an extreme rarity. And this unique cat is already threatened by the mining industry.
How do you clean up a contaminated river?
August 13, 2015, 10:10 a.m. by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience
Officials are working to stem the flow of heavy metal-laden wastewater in Colorado.
Say hello to the 'Virgin Rainbow,' the finest opal ever unearthed
August 10, 2015, 9 a.m. by Catie Leary
Worth more than $1 million, this gemstone is distinguished for its rich color palette and light-refracting qualities that defy description.
Asteroid-mining company to launch satellite in July
May 7, 2015, 1:51 p.m. by Mike Wall, SPACE.com
The probe will test systems that will enable future satellites to study and mine asteroids.
Hints of colonial pollution hidden in Andean ice cap
February 10, 2015, 12:39 p.m. by Megan Gannon, LiveScience
A chemical analysis of an ice core reveals large quantities of metals polluted the atmosphere from just before 1600 until the early 1800s.
Mysterious Pennsylvania ice mine only produces ice in the summer
August 13, 2014, 11:36 p.m. by Bryan Nelson
Pennsylvania's Coudersport Ice Mine, a mysterious cave that only forms ice in the heat of summer, has reopened for the first time in a quarter century.
EPA: Proposed Pebble Mine could destroy Alaskan salmon fishery
July 18, 2014, 3:48 p.m. by John Platt
The mining project, one of the largest ever conceived, could hold $500 billion in gold and copper.
Former salt mine transformed into spectacular underground theme park
April 3, 2014, 7 p.m. by Bryan Nelson
Basketball, mini-golf, a Ferris wheel, an underground lake and a spa are just some of the attractions found in this majestic 13th-century Romanian salt mine.
Just how big ARE dump trucks used for mining? See for yourself
April 2, 2014, 2:32 p.m. by Shea Gunther
The Caterpillar 797 is a 50-foot-tall dump truck widely used in the mining industry. Watch what happens when it faces off against a stationary Land Cruiser.
In Appalachia, even miners want to leave coal behind
February 18, 2014, 11:40 a.m. by Daniel Turner, Climate Nexus for LiveScience
A combination of pollution, mine closures and economic turmoil have caused some to question coal's regional value.