Problem

Subsidence from mining

Nature:

Building and in some cases whole villages or towns have been abandoned because of the sinking and shifting of ground surface due to sub-surface mining. Mines under towns can cause extensive damage to buildings, roads, and the gas, water and sewerage systems.

Incidence:

Falling water tables have also exacerbated land subsidence in many regions as well as saltwater intrusion into groundwater. Parts of California's San Joaquin Valley, for example, have sunk by 8 metres since the 1920s, causing land fissures and disruption to roads, railways and housing.

Related Problems:
Mine disasters
Values:
Undermining
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Subject(s):
Geology Geology
Industry Mining
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Date of last update
06.08.2019 – 19:42 CEST