# Where does all the earth from surface mining go?

Surface mining digs up a lot of earth and rock. After the desired ore is separated, where do the earth and rock mined go?

• @KeithMcClary - You should make that an answer. You already have a reference, something Michael Walsby almost never has. – David Hammen Oct 12 '19 at 4:47

• Not all mining waste is hazardous - tell that to the people that died in the mudslide from the broken dams in Brazil. Or to the river eocosystem destroyed because the mud blocked the light and oxygenation of the riverwater - and destroyed the riverbed. Everything is a hazard in the wrong amount. – Mindwin Oct 10 '19 at 12:22