An energy-consuming subsector of the industrial sector that consists of all facilities and equipment used to extract energy and mineral resources.
Any activity directed to the extraction of ore and associated rock. Included are open pit work, quarrying, auguring, alluvial dredging, and combined operations, including surface and underground operations.
Activity whose purpose is the extraction, concentration, smelting of economic minerals from a mineral deposit. It includes exploration (in the strict sense), development of mineral deposits, constructing the mine and mining, i.e. extracting and processing the ore or tailings.