SME Mining Video

The Role of Mining in Modern Society

Almost every aspect of our daily lives involves mining—from building roads and bridges, to schools and airports, to vital needs such as electricity and modern medicine. Big machinery used to harvest crops or transport water across the nation is made from materials that are mined from the ground. Though the resources cultivated from mines play a vital role in our modern society, mining impacts less than 0.5% of the United States land area. Westward has a team of seasoned geologists, environmental, health and safety compliance specialists, ecologists, and engineers who work on mine development across the nation and abroad. Check out this short video presented by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) to learn more about mining.  Remember, “If It Can’t Be Grown, It Has To Be Mined”.