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Colliery Overview

Collieries can be divided into three areas the pit head, pit yard and underground workings. From the surface of a deep mine the most prominent feature is its pit head. The pit yard consisted of all the surface buildings necessary for the running of the mine. The underground workings are the largest part of the mine, sometimes miles long, where the coal is extracted from.

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pit head Pit head: The headgear is built for winding the cage from the pit head to the pit bottom and visa versa.
underground Underground: The underground workings consist of roadways leading to the coal faces from the pit bottom and ventilation airways.
pit yard Pit yard: Around the pit head is the pit yard.