open-stope method

open-stope method

[¦ō·pən ¦stōp ′meth·əd]
(mining engineering)
Stoping in which no regular artificial method of support is employed, although occasional props or cribs may be used to hold local patches of insecure ground.
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The mine produces 10 million metric tons (mt) of ore per year containing copper, uranium and traces of gold and silver, using sublevel open-stope methods.
Mining is carried out using large-diameter blastholes and open-stope methods.