How Can Metal Mining Impact The Environment American
Extraction of iron. Iron atoms are found in the compounds FeO, Fe 2 O 3 and Fe 3 O 4 and in rocks like haematite and magnetite. South Africa is the seventh largest producer of iron ore in the world. Iron has been mined in South Africa for thousands of years. South African archaeological sites in Kwa Zulu Natal and Limpopo provide evidence for this.Material adapted from Hudson, T.L, Fox, F.D., and Plumlee, G.S. 1999. Metal Mining and the Environment, p. 7,20 27,31 35,38 39. Published by the American Geosciences Institute Environmental Awareness Series. Modern mining operations actively strive to mitigate potential environmental consequences of extracting metals, and such operations are strictly regulated in the United.