The Mining Division includes units that mainly extract naturally occurring mineral solids,
such as coal and ores; liquid minerals, such as crude petroleum; and gases, such as
natural gas. The term mining is used in the broad sense to include underground or open
cut mining; dredging; quarrying; well operations or evaporation pans; recovery from ore
dumps or tailings as well as beneficiation activities (i.e. preparing, including crushing,
screening, washing and flotation) and other preparation work customarily performed at
the mine site, or as a part of mining activity.
The Mining Division distinguishes two basic activities: mine operation and mining
support activities.
Mine operation includes units operating mines, quarries, or oil and gas wells on their
own account, or for others on a contract or fee basis, as well as mining sites under
development.
Mining support activities include units that perform mining services on a contract or fee
basis, and exploration (except geophysical surveying).

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