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The benefits and disadvantages of an Open cast mine - Quarry to a village in Derbyshire.

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The benefits and disadvantages of an Open cast mine (Quarry to a village in Derbyshire. Introduction Geography is the study of places, the physical and human processes that shape them, and the people who live in them. This essay is going to be about the benefits and disadvantages of an open cast mine (quarry) to a village in Derbyshire. Derbyshire situated in the north Midlands, (Look at page 6) Derbyshire is an upland area incorporating part (842 square kilometers) of the Peak District National Park. Of all the English counties, it is probably one of the most traditional. It has always been a mining and manufacturing county, with the lead mines having been worked in Roman times. Iron was produced at an early date, and coalmines were worked at Alfreton as early as the 14th Century. Today there is a variety of industries including textiles and engineering. Primary industry is one that extracts natural resources from the environment. Quarries are places from which rock is extracted, in this case coal. Coal is still our main source of energy and most of it is used to produce electricity in power stations. There are several advantages and disadvantages of building a mine in Derbyshire. E.g. Jobs, money and loss of farmland. These will be covered in more depth throughout the course of this essay. ...read more.

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The quarry would create an eyesore. If anyone looks at the village, it will look really ugly with a great big hole in the middle. No-body would want to go to the village. * QUARRIES CREAT NOISE AND DUST. Often it is necessary to use explosives to break up the rocks. This would cause dust pollution and noise pollution, which would be a disturbance to the village people. There will also be lorries to transport the coal from the mines to the power station. The lorries coming in and out could be a disturbance to the local village people. * QUARRIES WILL DAMAGE THE SCENARY. Derbyshire is in the countryside. It has lots of farmland and greenery. It is a rural area. By building a coal mine, you aren't exactly urbanizing the area but it will look really industrialized. This would really spoil the scenery. * IT WOULD PREVENT TOURISTS FROM COMING TO DERBYSHIRE. Imagine you go on a holiday to the countryside. Would you like it if all the green grass is gone and replaced by a big hole? There is noise everywhere and lorries coming in and out. You can't breath in the countryside air because when you do try to, all you are breathing in is dust and pollution. If you don't like this, who do you think would? ...read more.

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If you ask a schoolteacher, she wouldn't agree to it either. But on the other hand, if you ask a villager who has to travel far to work, he would definitely agree with it. This is because he could work in the mine. Most people think of the short-term cause but never the long-term cause. You may say it will offer jobs but for how long. After some time the quarry will have to close down and the villagers will again travel far to work. By that time they might have lost the job that they were originally working in. It causes too much hassle. Conclusion Overall I don't think a mine should be built because there are lots of other ways of generating electricity. It will also affect Derbyshire a lot because the people in the village: it will be dangerous for children; the village will suffer from pollution etc. Although there are several advantages, the disadvantages out number them. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this essay. But I think we had a short period of time, compared to the 'River Tees' essay, plus we had a history essay. Having a longer period of time would help us to research more and know exactly what we are writing about. Despite all these things, I still enjoyed writing this essay. It taught me a lot of things. Although essay writing is fun, I prefer doing projects so I hope we do a project very soon. 1 ...read more.

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