fall of ground

fall of ground

[¦fȯl əv ′grau̇nd]
(mining engineering)
The fall of rock from the roof into a mine opening.
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They had now entered a beautiful walk by the side of the water, and every step was bringing forward a nobler fall of ground, or a finer reach of the woods to which they were approaching; but it was some time before Elizabeth was sensible of any of it; and, though she answered mechanically to the repeated appeals of her uncle and aunt, and seemed to direct her eyes to such objects as they pointed out, she distinguished no part of the scene.
Everingham, as it used to be, was perfect in my estimation: such a happy fall of ground, and such timber!
Minister Mr Molale said it was suspected that the cause of the tremors were from fall of ground at the old mine workings.
Gold production dropped 13 per cent to 104,899 ounces during the quarter, as a fall of ground in the North Mara Gokona underground mine prevented access to higher-grade stopes, the company said.
Acacia attributed the lower production to fall of ground at the Gokona underground mine in Tanzania, a breakdown of an excavator at Nyabirama's open pit, and an expected fall in output at Buzwagi as it moved to a lower grade processing operation.
At the time of releasing the statement, workers who were underground had been rescued, and mine rescue services were in the process of locating and assisting three workers who remained trapped in the lamp-room (container) which collapsed in the fall of ground.
25 at Goldcorp's Musselwhite Mine in northwestern Ontario where a scoop operator was killed by an "unexpected fall of ground."
No employees were injured by the fall of ground, and all employees in the mine were evacuated.
"All the focus right now is on trying to locate the missing men," the company said in a statement, adding that the rescue effort was being hampered by "smoke and a subsequent fall of ground".
The company has taken this step following a fall of ground. The mine is to resume operations on November 18, 2011.
On May 6, 2014, the two workers from Taurus Drilling Services--Marc Methe, 34, and Norm Bisaillon, 49 were killed by a fall of ground in the mine.
The company has taken this step following a recent fall of ground at the mine that claimed the life of an employee.