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Geography

Quarrying

Quarrying involves extracting rocks such as limestone and slate. It has its advantages and disadvantages. Watch this video to find out more.

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Key points

  • Quarrying involves extracting rocks such as limestone and slate.
  • It is is an important part of the UK economy, employing over thirty thousand people.
  • The demand for new homes increases the need for quarrying products such as stone and cement.
  • Quarrying causes pollution from noise and dust, and destroys wildlife habitats.
  • Limestone is a non-renewable resource so some argue that quarrying is environmentally unsustainable.

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