The mining industry is involved with extracting coal minerals and precious metals from the earthbefore a mine is created explorers may try to determine how much of a particular item is located in the area which is known as prospecting. The mining industry plays an important role in all 50 states in 2009 an estimated 1400 mines were operating in the united states1 as a supplier of coal metals industrial minerals sand and gravel to businesses manufacturers utilities and others the mining industry is vital to the well being of communities across the country. Mining in south africa was once the main driving force behind the history and development of africas most advanced and richest economy large scale and profitable mining started with the discovery of a diamond on the banks of the orange river in 1867 by erasmus jacobs and the subsequent discovery and exploitation of the kimberley pipes a few years later. Numerous industries worldwide depend on the supply of commodities from underground such as minerals and metals the dependency of various high tech industries on rare earths is a recent issue
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