We use mines to get things from underground. Look at these things.
They all come from mines! We use mines to get some things. Do we need mines to get wood or plants?
No! We can grow these on land. Do we need mines to get metal or stones?
Yes! We cannot grow these on land. Mines are important because they give us many resources.
Without mines, we would not have metals.
Without mines, we would not have gems.
Without mines, we would not have many types of rock.
Sometimes, we even use mining to get resources for energy.
We use mines to get coal.
We use mines to get gas.
We use mines to get oil.
But mining is not always good. Often, mining makes problems.
What happens when you make a mine? Sometimes, we use dangerous chemicals in our mines.
We use these chemicals to help us get the resources we want. But sometimes, these dangerous chemicals can be bad.
They can go into the land and water around the mines. The chemicals are not healthy for plants and animals around the mines.
Sometimes, we cut down a lot of trees around our mines.
We do this so that we have the space to mine the resources we want. But sometimes, cutting down trees can be bad. It means that animals lose their homes.
It can also mean that the soil is loose and weak because it needs tree roots to make it strong. Without the tree roots, there can be many dangerous landslides.
Sometimes, miners spend a lot of time in the mines. They do this to help us get all the resources we want. But sometimes, spending time in the mines can be dangerous. If rocks fall or break, miners can get trapped.
If chemicals are not safe, miners can be in danger. It is important to mine safely! Think about the things we get from mines. What can we use instead?