The Human Impacts Database

A collection of useful numbers for quantifying the impacts of the human presence on Earth.

Mass of overburden moved for mining of coal


This quantity comes from a time series measurement and the most recent value (2015) is reported.


This is equivalent to...

≈ 65 Gt / yr

HuID: 72899
Relevant Year(s): 2015
Summary: The mass of overburden and waste sediment moved from global mining of coal.
Method: This value was calculated given commodity-level stripping ratios (mass of overburden/waste per mass of coal resource mined) and reported values of global coal production by type.
Source: Cooper, A. H., Brown, T. J., Price, S. J., Ford, J. R., Waters, C. N. Humans are the most significant global geomorphological driving force of the 21st century. The Anthropocene Review (2018)
Dataset: Mass of sediment produced by category over 1925 — 2015 (Cooper2018_table1_sediment_mass.csv)
global resolution
Original Data License: © The Authors
Added By: gchure