Face (mining)

In mining, the face is the surface where the mining work is advancing. In surface mining it is commonly called pit face, in underground mining a common term is mine face.

Accordingly, face equipment is the mining equipment used immediately at the mine face used for removal and near-face transportation of the material: cutting machines, loaders, etc.[1]


  1. "SME Mining Engineering Handbook", 1992, ISBN 0-87335-100-2, vol. 2, p. 1555
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