Definitions for "strip mine"
Keywords:  overburden, mine, coal, seam, opencut
an open mine (usually for coal) where the seams run close to the surface
extract (ore) from a strip-mine
(4) a general term for open pit mine, usually used for coal mines. The term 'strip' may refer to the removal of the surface or that mining occurs in long, linear strips. In the latter case, coal may be mined by removing overburden, excavating the coal seam and filling the excavation with overburden removed from the adjacent strip.