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What images comes to mind when you hear the word, "Mining?"?

Asked by Haroot (2118points) July 15th, 2009

Just to be clear, I mean the extraction of minerals from the Earth. I’m trying to come up with a list of words by relation.

To start of some obvious ones would be cart, miner, ore, pick, shaft, those little flashlight helmets, drills, etc…

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whatthefluther's avatar

coal, diamonds, tanzanite, gemstones

whatthefluther's avatar

gold, silver, iron, uranium

whatthefluther's avatar

3M (Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing)

whatthefluther's avatar

Coal Miner’s Daughter

whatthefluther's avatar

is that good stuff? (I’m just getting started)!

fireside's avatar

Quartz, Diamonds, Tourmaline, Ruby, Garnet

fireside's avatar

A 5 year old who doesn’t want to share their toys

whatthefluther's avatar

….and I thought I was verbose and/or typed slow…..........

Haroot's avatar

What about large scale things? Like an underground lake, or elevator shafts (Ala October Sky), stalagmites and stalactites, etc…

More the environment around them I guess.

And sorry this took a bit. I couldn’t remember what October Sky was called.

whatthefluther's avatar

@Haroot….if you are making up ridiculous rules, I am not going to play

EmpressPixie's avatar

A blown out area. Deep caverns.

whatthefluther's avatar

@EmpressPixie….Enough with the sexual shit (you would need to be aware of a couple of other threads to understand). See ya…..wtf

Bluefreedom's avatar

Prospectors, ore carts, mule train, small gauge railroad, Mercury (used in leeching Gold deposits), excavators (strip mining), TNT, dynamite, shafts, tunnels, deposits, motherlode, shovels, smelter

whatthefluther's avatar

@Bluefreedom….Shafts? Tunnels? When will the madness end…....wtf

where is that monkey man?

mcbealer's avatar

The Blood Diamond, in my opinion one of the best performances of 2006 by both DiCaprio and Hounsou. It somehow did not win any of the 5 Oscars it was nominated for.

whatthefluther's avatar

California Gold Rush, Sutter’s Mill, Gold Fever

whatthefluther's avatar

Mine eyes have seen the glory of…..

ragingloli's avatar

dirty poor men hacking around in a dark, hot, wet, dusty cave.

whatthefluther's avatar

Mining disaster, cave-in, oxygen depletion

whatthefluther's avatar

Environmental nightmares, soil slippage, hazardous material spills

row4food's avatar

West Virginia

whatthefluther's avatar

Hydraulic mining, extraction, excavation

whatthefluther's avatar

metallurgy, surface mining, sink-holes, erosion

mcbealer's avatar

The film The Blood Diamond, starring DiCaprio and Hounsou. Somehow it did not win any Oscars, although it was nominated for 5.

whatthefluther's avatar

the old parakeet toxic gas tester

and with that, I think I’ll get the hell out of here

mcbealer's avatar

didn’t mean to double post, I kept getting errors from the server

Phobia's avatar

The first thing I picture is a pick axe. Then comes lanterns and dynamite.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I know this isn’t exactly mining, but this is the first thing that came to my mind.

@mcbealer such a good movie!

tadpole's avatar

canaries, horses, soot, asthma, heart problems, coal, Wales, Cornwall and Devon, unemployment, the unions, Thatcher!, depressed areas, strikes, my mother’s family, underage employment, working class, poverty, beer, drinking culture, male dominated environment, the environment as a modern movement vs coalworkers, government and industry….

Grisaille's avatar

EVE Online. Crap, I’m such a nerd sometimes.

KatawaGrey's avatar

Why has no one mentioned dwarves? Seven tiny dwarves…

ShanEnri's avatar

Darkness, sweaty people, hats with little lights on them, railroad tracks and little rail cars, coal, gem stones, “The Hills Have Eyes 1 & 2”... that’s all!

Saturated_Brain's avatar

China
Cave-ins
Hi-ho (inspired by @KatawaGrey)
Money
Sightless creatures
Death
Loneliness
Claustrophobia
Darkness

tadpole's avatar

the davy lamp…....flamable gases like methane….

MindStudy's avatar

Black lung disease

tedibear's avatar

Coal, diamonds, salt and dwarves.

Lupin's avatar

Calcium carbide. That stuff was tons of fun when I was a kid.

Supacase's avatar

Soot, men with black soot on their faces

KatawaGrey's avatar

@chelseababyy: Lurve for being a big huge nerd!

chelseababyy's avatar

@KatawaGrey Gracias :]. I really am a huuuge nerd hahahha

KatawaGrey's avatar

@chelseababyy: I’m going to a WoW card tournament this weekend so I feel the nerdiness. :)

chelseababyy's avatar

@KatawaGrey I have WoW cards! I just don’t know how to play. My bf is learning though, by playing MTG. Apparently they’re really similar. Lucky you!

KatawaGrey's avatar

@chelseababyy: Haha, I also play MTG. They are pretty similar but WoW is easier. It’s a lot of fun.

chelseababyy's avatar

@KatawaGrey I need to learn! Whenever we go into the comic book store, there’s like 10 guys ages 15–40 playing MTG. They’re so totally into it.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@chelseababyy: Learn to play and they will give you free cards. Gamers love chicks and they love hot chicks even more.

aiwendil's avatar

Strip mining; you know, with whole mountain tops blown off
California Gold Rush

chelseababyy's avatar

@KatawaGrey I am totally gonna do that ^_^

Grisaille's avatar

@chelseababyy @KatawaGrey No one likes EVE? :[

I’m all alone.

Grisaille's avatar

* GASP *

It’s only the bestest massively multiplayer online game EVAR

Whereas WoW is fantasy based and focuses on individual equipment, EVE focuses on sci-fi, space, economy and war.

One of the more notable stories to come out of the universe is where someone joined a rival corporation, rose through the ranks and, as soon as he had access, destroyed the company from the inside by stealing all the equipment, money, ships and assets. Literally, he broke the opposing organization not by brute force, but economically. They didn’t stand a chance, and had no financial backing to strike back.

I’ve never come across a game that encourages you to be an asshole, really. At the very start of the game, you’re told that you can either be a pirate – one that lurks in the depths of space, blowing up anyone you come across and stealing their cargo to sell on the market – or an anti-pirate. Everything is possible in this game, really. It’s often pegged as the anti-WoW. Having played both for a substantial amount of time, I can easily say that EVE is a more fulfilling experience.

chelseababyy's avatar

Hm, is it free? That sounds seriously awesome

EmpressPixie's avatar

@chelseababyy: People sink TONS of money into EVE.

Grisaille's avatar

@chelseababyy Nah, like 15 bucks a month or so. You get a two week trial period to test out the space waters, though.

EVE is dissimilar to most games as it doesn’t have a typical “experience” based system for learning skills. There is no “leveling up”.

Skill training goes like this:

In order to do pretty much anything, you need a certain skill or skill set. For example, in order to pilot a bigger ship, you’re going to need that particular ship’s classes skill. Take, for instance, Frigates, which are kinda the low-entry, well rounded ships. In order to pilot it, you need the skill “Frigate”. Just purchasing the skill itself is not enough – you need to train it, right?

This is where it gets interesting: every skill takes a certain amount of time to learn, in real life. The “Frigate” skill can take 3 hours to train, for example. During that time, you can turn off the game and come back 3 hours later to start training another skill. There is no “grinding” and defeating thousands of monsters to gain experience, you learn them in a certain amount of time. Some skills can be learned in a half an hour, other, more useful ones can take 15 days or more (this means that if you want to go on vacation, you can set up learning a long-term skill without worrying that your character would be missing out while you are gone). You really need to use some tact and strategy to figure out which skill you want to devote your time to.

However, this also means that you can’t take like a week and play like a madman (er, woman) in hopes that you can catch up to older players. You must learn the skills, and that takes time. Luckily, EVE is built so that there is always a place for both old and new characters on the same fleet. Everyone serves a purpose.

chelseababyy's avatar

@Grisaille That seems pretty badass. I LOVE WoW and the way it works, so EVE might take a little while for me to get used to. The whole learning of the skills seems really different, but maybe it will be a good different. I’m gonna get the trial later tonight. I guarantee the bf will be all, WHAT IS THAT. :D I will let you know what I think!

Grisaille's avatar

@chelseababyy Sure thing! :]

Just be warned… there’s a HUUUUUUUUUuuUUUUUUuUuuuUUGE learning curve on the first day, and can get pretty intense. Don’t let that turn you off.

If you need any help, just PM me, and I’ll hop online.

Enjoy, dawg.

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