Dialectical contradictions and resolutions toward innovative development and ecological safety enhancement in modern-day coal mining

S. A. Prokopenko, Yu V. Lesin, A. A. Li, V. G. Shadrin

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The incremental coal production raises ecological tension in the coal mining areas. Environmental measures only allow minor mitigation of the impact. This study aims to disclose the deep causes of the adverse condition of the coal mining regions and to find innovative resources for the improvement of the ecological situation. The analysis and understanding of understanding between a human being and the crust in the course of solid mineral mining has revealed dialectical contradictions in activities of mines. The hierarchical arrangement and scrutiny of the contradictions show that mines poorly use resource potential of mineral deposits due to technological and economic underdevelopment of mining areas. Not many georesources available within the limits of a mining lease are converted into economically valuable products. Some matter of the lithosphere finds utilization after additional processing, while the major portion of georesources falls in the category of waste. The currently available technologies of re-processing only partly solve the problem by converting some waste into profit-yielding products. The situation in existence in mineral mining to be modified calls for the resolution of the dialectical contradictions and for the breakthrough innovations. One of the latter may be the change in the operational policy of a mine with replacement of coal flow by the flow of energy fluids. This will release a mining area from the whole range of adverse ecological and economic impacts. The change of the operational policies of coal mines is the top-priority objective of mining engineers, as well as scientists and practitioners in mining, and presses for the build-up of their intelligent and innovative potential. Such advancement is possible through resolution of other dialectical contradictions the essence of which is planned to be disclosed in the framework of the further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-83
Number of pages5
JournalEurasian Mining
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Coal mine
  • Commodity
  • Dialectical contradictions
  • Dump
  • Ecology
  • Georesource
  • Innovation
  • Mining engineers
  • Potential
  • Product
  • Resolution
  • Technology
  • Waste

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Economic Geology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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