A lot has changed since the nineteenth century when the forty-niners panned for gold in California. Mining and geological engineers now use satellite photography and variations in the earth’s magnetic field to find new deposits of minerals. They use machines that can remove 10.8 metric tons of coal per minute.
But it’s not just about the tools. Today’s mining pros are also finding ways to mine that are safer for both mine workers and the environment.
Mining and geological engineers help find deposits of coal, metals, and minerals. They also design mines and mining equipment for bringing these materials to the earth. And they solve safety and environmental problems related to mining.
Swaziland, in Africa, is home to the world’s oldest known mine -- it’s an iron mine about 45,000 years old.
A fan of math and science who’s curious about the world below the earth’s surface and who cares about the condition of the earth.
Some states require mining and geological engineers to pass a licensing exam.