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Quarries Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Quarry \Quar"ry\, n.; pl. Quarries. [OE. querre, OF. cuiri['e]e, F. cur['e]e, fr. cuir hide, leather, fr. L. corium; the quarry given to the dogs being wrapped in the akin of the beast. See Cuirass.] 1. (a) A part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds. (b) A heap of game killed.
  1. The object of the chase; the animal hunted for; game; especially, the game hunted with hawks. ``The stone-dead quarry.'' --Spenser. The wily quarry shunned the shock. --Sir W. Scott.
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A quarry is a type of open-pit mine from which rock or minerals are extracted. Quarries are generally used for extracting building materials, such as dimension stone, construction aggregate, riprap, sand, and gravel. They are often colocated with concrete and asphalt plants due to the requirement for large amounts of aggregate in those materials. The word quarry can include underground quarrying for stone, such as Bath stone.

Quarries in level areas with shallow groundwater or which are located close to surface water often have engineering problems with drainage. Generally the water is removed by pumping while the quarry is operational, but for high inflows more complex approaches may be required. For example, the Coquina quarry is excavated to more than 60 feet (18 m) below sea level. To reduce surface leakage, a moat lined with clay was constructed around the entire quarry. Ground water entering the pit is pumped up into the moat. As a quarry becomes deeper water inflows generally increase and it also becomes more expensive to lift the water higher during removal - this can become the limiting factor in quarry depth. Some water-filled quarries are worked from beneath the water, by dredging.

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  • Administration begins filling work of dangerous quarries
    Mangalore, Jul 25: The district administration, which was taken aback by the danger posed by abandoned stone quarries with standing water, has taken up the task of filling them. Read more on this news related to 'Quarries'
  • New quarries spark regional mining boom
    A $1 billion mining boom is swinging into gear near Goulburn, with jobs and business prospects for the wider region. Read more on this news related to 'Quarries'
  • Quarries quiet following drowning death
    Since the death a week ago of a Rhode Island teenager at Fletcher Quarry, the number of swimmers there and at other unsanctioned swimming holes has plummeted, according to a 17-year-old observer from Medway. Read more on this news related to 'Quarries'

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