Basic Mining Methods by Rlaien

Last Updated 2014-02-18

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Below are various basic methods of mining with simplistic cross-section diagrams. The purpose of this guide is to teach and label basic methods and provide inspiration for the player's own mining plans. Should the diagrams not appear correctly as intended, copy and paste into a text editor such as Notepad, and apply formatting as follows: font should be a monospace font such as Courier New and small enough to fit on your screen, yet large enough to see, and word-wrap should be off. Should you have problems with your text editor, please consult any available manuals.

A note to players: always remember to plan your excavations properly and be prepared to change plans should circumstances mandate such change.


Strip Mining v1

Ideal for attempting to maintain landscape; more accurate filling than v2.

This method involves mining straight down, then outside, then placing waste at bottom of original shaft.

8  88 > 8  888 > 8  88 > 8  88 > 88  8
8  88 > 8  888 > 8  88 > 88  8 > 88  8
8  88 > 8  888 > 88  8 > 88  8 > 88  8
8  88 > 88  88 > 88  8 > 88  8 > 88  8
88888 > 888888 > 88888 > 88888 > 88888

Strip Mining v2

Excellent for attempting to maintain landscape; faster mining/filling than v1.

This method involves mining straight down in two locations, and filling the first shaft with the second.

8  88888 > 8  888  8 > 8  88  8 > 8  88  8 > 88888  8
8  88888 > 8  888888 > 8  88  8 > 88888  8 > 88888  8
8  88888 > 8  888888 > 88888888 > 88888  8 > 88888  8
8  88888 > 888888888 > 88888888 > 88888888 > 88888  8
88888888 > 888888888 > 88888888 > 88888888 > 88888888

Open Pit Mining

Simplest method for excavation.

This method involves mining stepped levels of blocks to bore down; produces significant levels of waste.

8 88888 8 > 8       8 > 8       8 > 8       8
888888888 > 888888888 > 88     88 > 88     88
888888888 > 888888888 > 888888888 > 888   888
888888888 > 888888888 > 888888888 > 8888 8888
888888888 > 888888888 > 888888888 > 888888888

Mountain Top Removal Mining

Excellent for attempting to maintain topography.

This method involves taking a peak or ridge-line and filling in a valley, removing valuables and restructuring contours with the waste.

        8               >                         >                         >               8
       888            8 >                       8 >               8       8 >              888      8
      88888         888 >       88888         888 >              8888   888 >             88888   888
     8888888       8888 >      8888888       8888 >             888888 8888 >           8888888888888
    888888888    888888 >     888888888888 888888 >     8888888888888888888 >         888888888888888
   88888888888 88888888 >    88888888888888888888 >    88888888888888888888 >      888888888888888888
  888888888888888888888 >   888888888888888888888 >   888888888888888888888 >    88888888888888888888
88888888888888888888888 > 88888888888888888888888 > 88888888888888888888888 > 88888888888888888888888

Slope Mining

Ideal for boring into mountains, hills, cliff-faces.

This method involves mining a sloped tunnel into mountains, hills, cliff-faces. Purposes for this method are many and variable.

     8               >      8               >      8               >      8               >
    888            8 >     888            8 >     888            8 >     888            8 >
   88888         888 >      888         888 >      888         888 >      888         888 >
  8888888       8888 >   8888888       8888 >   88  888       8888 >   88  888       8888 >
 888888888    888888 >  888888888    888888 >  888888888    888888 >  8888  888    888888 >
88888888888888888888 > 88888888888888888888 > 88888888888888888888 > 88888888888888888888 >

     8               >      8               >      8
    888            8 >     888            8 >     888            8
     888         888 >      888         888 >      888         888
  88  888       8888 >   88  888       8888 >   88  888       8  8
 8888         888888 >  8888            888 >  8888             88
88888888888 88888888 > 88888888888888888888 > 88888888888888888888

Shaft Mining

Use to minimize waste when searching for ore.

This method involves mining shafts or strips to expose waste and valuables alike with less waste than open pit mining.

8 8888888 > 8 8888888 > 8 8888888 > 8 8888888 > 8 8888888 > 8 8 88888
888888888 > 8 8888888 > 8 8888888 > 8 8888888 > 8 8888888 > 8 8 88888
888888888 > 888888888 > 888888888 > 8 8888888 > 8 8888888 > 8 8 88888
888888888 > 888888888 > 888888888 > 888888888 > 8 8888888 > 8 8 88888
888888888 > 888888888 > 888888888 > 888888888 > 888888888 > 888888888

Stopping v1

Use to minimize waste when searching and preserve landscape, faster ascending than v2.

This method involves mining shafts or strips, then tunnels to expose waste and valuables alike with less waste than open pit mining.

8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888
888888 > 8 8888 > 8  888 > 8   88 > 8    8 > 8    8 > 8    8 > 8    8 > 8    8 > 8    8 > 8    8
888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888
888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 8 8888 > 8  888 > 8  888 > 8   88 > 8    8
888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888

Stopping v2

Use to minimize waste when searching and preserve landscape, faster tunnelling than v1.

This method involves mining shafts or strips, then tunnels to expose waste and valuables alike with less waste than open pit mining.

8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888 > 8 8888
888888 > 8 8888 > 8  888 > 8   88 > 8    8 > 8    8 > 8    8 > 8    8 > 8    8 > 8    8 > 8    8
888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 8888 8 > 8888 8 > 8888 8 > 8888 8 > 8888 8 > 8888 8
888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 8888 8 > 888  8 > 88   8 > 88   8 > 8    8
888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888 > 888888

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