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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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  • Legal committee studies steps to avoid quarry-related tragedies in Moodbidri
    Mangalore, Aug 11: In connection with a public interest litigation filed by the legal services committee seeking formulation of suitable law to regulate loss of lives and other problems emanating from the laterite stone quarries in the state, the state high court had instructed the state mines and geology department to conduct a detailed study into all the connect Read more on this news related to 'Quarries'
  • Pune municipal corporation struggles with garbage disposal ideas
    Four days after the city's garbage collection process collapsed, civic officials said on Saturday they had identified 85 quarries to dump the mounding heaps of waste that have collected across Pune. Read more on this news related to 'Quarries'
  • Kerala Government to Lift Ban on Small Quarry Operations
    Kerala Cabinet today decided to withdraw an order halting the operation of small scale quarries taking into consideration the shortage of metals for construction activities in the state. Read more on this news related to 'Quarries'

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