by Greg Ortiz
Mining has an everlasting effect on the enviroment. First of all it totally ruins the enviroment. Nearby ecosystems are destroyed. Especially ones by a streams or rivers. In the American west there are about half a million abandoned mines that were once mined for gold, silver, and copper. Many of the old mines are draining lethal acids into nearby streams and rivers. It is expensive to clean these rivers. what is supposed to be done with mines is reclamation which is cleaning the mines. Another reason why it ruins the environment is that it ruins the landscape of the land. Entire mountains are being taken down to mine for coal and other minerals. As you can see in this picture mining has a huge impact on the environment.