Mining exploration is the process of prospecting for, locating, and evaluating deposits of precious metals or minerals and then trying to extract them from the ground. Most modern mining operations utilize modern machinery that was initially designed to do these tasks a few short years ago. These days, computer numerical controlled machining or CNC machines can do almost any type of metal or mineral extraction imaginable. Not only are they fast, accurate, and safe, but also very efficient and cost-effective in the amount of time it takes for project completion.
One type of modern-day mining exploration technique is surface mining, which is the more common form of the process. The significant difference between surface and sub-surface mining methods is where the actual digging begins. With surface options of mining, the initial discovery of minerals takes place when workers are searching for rocks or dirt on the surface of the earth. They drill into the ground to expose the deposit and then make their way to the underground regions of the earth, where they look for veins and canyons that may contain hidden deposits.