There is great potential for the development of mineral resources in hot, arid areas. Oil and gas in the Middle East, copper in Chile, southwest USA and Australia, and uranium mining in Australia illustrate the potential riches that occur in hot, arid areas. Exploitation may be difficult because many of these areas are remote, and investment in transport is expensive. In addition, housing and basic utilities such as water, energy, waste disposal needs to be provided at the mines and in the settlements where miners live.

This Environmental Studies Factsheet explains:
• The methods of extracting resources and their potential impact on the environment.
• The arguments for and against Rosemont Copper.
• The use of copper.

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Publication Date

April 2015


ISSN: 1351-5136

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200 Mining In Hot, Arid Areas

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