Surface Mining, 2nd Edition (2nd ed.)

by B.A. Kennedy

This SME classic is both a reference book for the working engineer and a textbook for the mining student. This hardcover edition gives a brief history of surface mining and a general overview of the state of surface mining today—topics range from production and productivity to technological developments and trends in equipment.

This extremely useful text takes the approach that exploration and mining geologists must be expert in a number of fields, including basic finance and economics, logistics, and pragmatic prospecting. Readers will find material on all these topics and more.

The book’s nine chapters include: Introduction, Exploration and Geology Techniques, Ore Reserve Estimation, Feasibility Studies and Project Financing, Planning and Design of Surface Mines, Mine Operations, Mine Capital and Operating Costs, Management and Organization, and Case Studies.

The book is fully indexed.


  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.; March 1990
  • ISBN: 9780873353038
  • Edition: 2
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  • Title: Surface Mining, 2nd Edition
  • Author: B.A. Kennedy (ed.)
  • Imprint: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.