Quotation Wegner Maus, Victor, Giljum, Stefan, Gutschlhofer, Jakob, da Silva, Dieison M., Probst, Michael, Gass, Sidnei L.B., Luckeneder, Sebastian, Lieber, Mirko, McCallum, Ian. 2020. A global-scale data set of mining areas. Scientific Data. 7 (1)




The area used for mineral extraction is a key indicator for understanding and mitigating the environmental impacts caused by the extractive sector. To date, worldwide data products on mineral extraction do not report the area used by mining activities. In this paper, we contribute to filling this gap by presenting a new data set of mining extents derived by visual interpretation of satellite images. We delineated mining areas within a 10 km buffer from the approximate geographical coordinates of more than six thousand active mining sites across the globe. The result is a global-scale data set consisting of 21,060 polygons that add up to 57,277 km². The polygons cover all mining above-ground features that could be identified from the satellite images, including open cuts, tailings dams, waste rock dumps, water ponds, and processing infrastructure. The data set is available for download from https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.910894 and visualization at www.fineprint.global/viewer.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Scientific Data
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A
Language English
Title A global-scale data set of mining areas
Volume 7
Number 1
Year 2020
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-020-00624-w
DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-020-00624-w
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-020-00624-w


Wegner Maus, Victor (Details)
Giljum, Stefan (Details)
Gutschlhofer, Jakob (Details)
Luckeneder, Sebastian (Details)
Lieber, Mirko (Former researcher)
da Silva, Dieison M. (Federal University of Pampa, Brazil)
Gass, Sidnei L.B. (Federal University of Pampa, Brazil)
McCallum, Ian (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria)
Probst, Michael (n.a., Austria)
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
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