strip mine

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strip mine

n.
An open mine, especially a coal mine, whose seams or outcrops run close to ground level and are exposed by the removal of topsoil and overburden.

strip mine

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An open mine, especially a coal mine, whose seams or outcrops run close to ground level and are exposed by the removal of overlying soil.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.strip mine - an open mine (usually for coal) where the seams run close to the surfacestrip mine - an open mine (usually for coal) where the seams run close to the surface
mine - excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted
Verb1.strip mine - extract (ore) from a strip-mine
mining, excavation - the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth
mine - get from the earth by excavation; "mine ores and metals"
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The strip mines have also buried the trout streams in rubble, polluted the water with toxic selenium, and filled the air with silica dust.