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Global mining footprint

Mining has major economic, environmental and societal consequences, yet knowledge and understanding of its global footprint are still limited. These polygons represent the global mining land use detected via remote sensing analysis of high-resolution, publicly available satellite imagery. The dataset comprises 74,548 polygons, covering ~66,000 km2 of features like waste rock dumps, pits, water ponds, tailings dams, heap leach pads and processing/milling infrastructure.

Tang, L., Werner, T.T. Global mining footprint mapped from high-resolution satellite imagery. Commun Earth Environ 4, 134 (2023).


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