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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Quarrying'

Quarrying Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    quarrying n : the extraction of building stone or slate from an open surface quarry
Quarrying Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Quarry \Quar"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quarried; p. pr. & vb. n. Quarrying.] To dig or take from a quarry; as, to quarry marble.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Quarrying'

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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  • City Council to discuss quarrying at Sando Hill today
    The controversial quarrying at the base of San Fernando Hill and the stockpiling of material at Marabella is expected to be discussed today when the San Fernando City Council meets in session. Read more on this news related to 'Quarrying'
  • Alarm over San Fernando Hill quarrying- Mayor launches probe
    Motorists drive past the huge mounds of gravel at Marabella. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL Read more on this news related to 'Quarrying'
  • Caramoan declared mining-free zone
    Less than a month after four small-scale miners were shot and killed on Lahuy Island in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, the provincial board approved an ordinance declaring Caramoan a “quarrying and mining-free zone.” Read more on this news related to 'Quarrying'

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