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Glossary – Mining Defined

There are thousands of technical terms, tools, processes, products, services and job descriptions that mining companies use in the course of their work. MM&A created this brief glossary to define the most commonly used words, terms and job descriptions used in our business and in the mining industry. This affords readers a chance to understand better the science of mining, the types of professionals who work in this field and the range of services MM&A offers to firms, mine owners, government agencies, bankers, investors and other parties with interest in mining operations.

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Marshall Miller & Associates Environmental Reclamation Process


Environmental reclamation (also known as land restoration) is a fixture of modern and responsible mining standards and practices. Marshall Miller & Associates (MM&A) can implement land restoration operations in steps as a mining operation matures or do so all at once when mining operations cease. These steps include regrading and replanting, reestablishing and preserving water quality, and conserving soil removed from a site so it can be returned to the land. At all times, MM&A’s environmental reclamation standards remain faithful to federal and state laws and the ever-changing regulations that continue to challenge the mining industry over time. MM&A provides three primary services to guide our clients through the reclamation process.

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Marshall Miller and Associates Case Study: Definitive Feasibility Study for Greenfield Mining, Processing, and Transportation Operation

When undertaking a new mining venture, stakeholders understand that planning and constructing a professionally managed mine is a very time consuming and costly process.  After all, “time is money, ” and financiers know it will likely take years to realize a return on their capital investment.  At Marshall Miller and Associates, we are sensitive to this genuine concern and work the problems we face accordingly. Read more...

Case Study - Daning Coal Project Engineering, Social and Environmental Impact, and Geological Studies

Shanxi Province is located in North Central China – an area rich in untapped natural resources including but not limited to coal and other fossil fuels. The Daning Coal Project sits at the center of Shanxi Province where mining development began in 1999. As the venture progressed, the Chinese government realized that the best course of action was to marry modern mining systems with local mine management methods in use throughout China. To achieve this end, the government created Asian American Coal Inc. (AACI).

Marshall Miller and Associates prepared and helped implement a mine plan that combined the best of western and Chinese expertise to deliver coal production with an annual capacity in excess of 4-million tons per year. AACI hired Marshall Miller and Associates due to our extensive experience in geological mapping, mine design capabilities, and experience and expertise with modern mining systems. We helped address a variety of mining issues that included: Read more...