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The Abandoned Mine Land Program provides for the restoration of eligible lands mined and abandoned or left inadequately restored before passage of the Surface Mining Law.
Current Status of the Abandoned Mine Land Fund
Office of Surface Mining funding for local projects
www.osmre.gov /osmaml.htm   (93 words)

  Land mine information - Search.com
Land mines (sometimes called area denial munitions) are used to secure disputed borders and to restrict enemy movement in times of war.
In Europe in the early eighteenth century, improvised land mines or booby traps were constructed in the form of bombs buried in shallow wells in the earth and covered with scrap metal and/or gravel to serve as shrapnel.
Land mine designs tend to use as little metal as possible to make searching with a metal detector more difficult; land mines made mostly of plastic have the added advantage of being very inexpensive.
www.search.com /reference/Land_mine   (3558 words)

  Land mine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Land mines (sometimes called area denial weapons) are used to secure disputed borders and to restrict enemy movement in times of war.
In Europe in the early eighteenth century, improvised land mines or booby traps were constructed in the form of bombs buried in shallow wells in the earth and covered with scrap metal and/or gravel to serve as shrapnel.
Mines may be dropped from helicopters or airplanes, or ejected from cruise missiles.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Land_mine   (2630 words)

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Land mines are containers of explosive material with detonating systems that are triggered by contact with a person or vehicle.
Most of these mines have metal casings designed to rupture into fragments upon the detonation of the mine, or are stuffed with ball bearings, flechettes (tiny metal darts), or metal fragments that are turned into lethal projectiles by the detonation of the mine.
Perhaps the most deadly of all AP land mines are the bounding fragmentation land mines, or "bouncing betties." These mines are generally triggered by as little as 1.5kg of pressure on trip wires and/or direct pressure.
www.care.org /newsroom/specialreports/land_mines/facts.asp   (1420 words)

 Land Mines
Unexploded land mines and ordnance are the legacy of a prolonged civil war and Soviet occupation of poverty-stricken Afghanistan.
Land mines pose an enormous threat to the recovery of post-Taliban Afghanistan because the entire economy rests on agriculture and livestock.
Eliminating the threat of land mines is essential to the revival of the Afghan economy, and to assuring the well-being of men who support their families by toiling in the mined areas.
www.menstuff.org /issues/byissue/landmines.html   (1651 words)

He told RFE/RL that many young Afghans are still injured and killed by land mines laid during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and the civil war that followed.
He said land mines continue to have tragic consequences for people long after the battles and the wars have ended, as they remain functional many years after being planted.
Land mines in Central Asia are a problem in some border regions, where land mines have been placed to prevent illegal border trafficking.
www.eurasianet.org /lexisnexis/4899.html   (692 words)

 USATODAY.com - White House will scrap some land mines, won't join treaty   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Land mines with timing devices are relatively safe and "have some continuing utility for our armed forces around the world," Assistant Secretary of State Lincoln Bloomfield said while affirming U.S. opposition to the international accord.
The decision to get rid of land mines that are militarily useless and make all land mines detectable by U.S. authorities and automatically defuseable — or "smart" — is designed to lessen the danger of people and vehicles accidentally tripping over hidden mines in countries such as Afghanistan and Cambodia.
As a result, those land mines that are retooled to become inoperable may be reset before they self-destruct if they are judged to have a continuing, significant military purpose, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2004-02-27-landmines_x.htm   (1030 words)

 LSN - Landmine Survivors Network
Most noncombatant land mine victims who survive the blasts suffer blown off limbs and other debilitating injuries with very limited access to pain medication, blood for transfusions and rehabilitative care.
A U.S. ban on anti-personnel land mines would enhance the country's combat mobility, strengthen its ability to work with and set an example for other nations, and most importantly, protect foreign civilians and U.S. sons and daughters in uniform when they are in harm's way.
The new land mine policy is misguided and ought to be reconsidered for both military and humanitarian reasons.
www.landminesurvivors.org /news_article.php?id=334   (679 words)

 CNN - Signing of historic land mine treaty begins - December 3, 1997
Between 60 and 100 million anti-personnel land mines are strewn around 69 countries and kill or maim approximately 25,000 people a year.
But he said the U.S. supports ending the use of land mines and is eager to help with their removal around the world.
The six-year campaign to end the use of land mines was led by human rights organizations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Williams' group, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
www.cnn.com /WORLD/9712/03/land.mines.ban   (911 words)

 Boston.com / News / Nation / Washington / U.S. won't sign anti-land mine treaty   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Bush administration intends to end the U.S. military's use of land mines that are not timed to self-destruct but will not sign a 150-nation anti-land mine treaty, a senior administration official said Thursday.
In Afghanistan and Cambodia, among other countries, the buried land mines serve no military purpose and are a menace to farmers, children and other people who accidentally trip over them.
Former President Clinton said land mines were a necessary deterrent that protected South Korea from the North; thousands of mines lie in the demilitarized zone between the two countries.
www.boston.com /news/nation/washington/articles/2004/02/27/us_wont_sign_anti_land_mine_treaty   (824 words)

 Landmines in Iraq: Questions and Answers (Human Rights Watch background Document, December 2002)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The last time the U.S. used antipersonnel mines was in the Gulf War in 1991 and according to a study recently released by the General Accounting Office, the Bush Administration is reported to be reviewing war plans that include plans for the use of mines.
The antipersonnel mines currently stored there are the same types used in 1991: the ADAM (stored in Qatar, Diego Garcia, and possibly Kuwait), Gator (stored in Qatar, Diego Garcia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and possibly Kuwait), and smaller amounts of Volcano and MOPMS mines (both stored in Kuwait).
The use of antipersonnel mines by the U.S. in Iraq would certainly be a setback to the overall movement to eradicate the weapon.
www.hrw.org /campaigns/iraq/iraqmines1212.htm   (1516 words)

 Boston.com / Business / Technology / U.S. betting on land mine technology   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Future U.S. mines, however, would be enhanced with radio communications and network sensors to ensure that the munitions comply with a State Department edict, issued in February, that they all be detectable by U.S. forces and automatically defuseable.
Mines have to be somewhat inconspicuous, and on the other hand, be fairly reliable to pick up these radio signals.
While mine opponents say "man in the loop" would be a big improvement, some are wary that the Pentagon will insist Spiders be programmed so they can function on their own if need be -- essentially making them as autonomous as traditional mines.
www.boston.com /business/technology/articles/2004/04/04/us_betting_on_land_mine_technology?mode=PF   (1107 words)

 Land-Mine Detection
Land mines left behind from wars worldwide are one of the century's main unsolved problems of war and remain the focus of humanitarian mine detection and removal primarily in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.
Effective solution of the problem posed by land mines means that close to 100% of the mines in any area must be detected at the fastest rate possible and with few false alarms (i.e., mistaking a buried object, such as a rock, for a mine).
In early attempts, ground-penetrating radar was sensitive to large mines, had good coverage rate at a distance, and with signal processing, could discriminate antitank mines from clutter such as rocks beneath the ground surface.
www.llnl.gov /str/Azevedo.html   (1486 words)

 Land-mines: A deadly inheritance
Land-mines represent "an insidious and persistent danger" to children affected by war, says a new United Nations report on the impact of armed conflict on children, by Graça Machel, the UN Secretary-General's Expert on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children.
Mines laid along roads and tracks prevent the safe repatriation of refugees and impede the delivery of aid.
It is essential for children in high-risk areas to receive more innovative education in mine awareness by utilizing, for example, child-to-child approaches, role-playing and the use of survivors as educators.
www.unicef.org /graca/mines.htm   (1137 words)

 Land Mine Clearing Work in Latin America Receives Boost from Italy
The OAS said that for more than a decade, it has coordinated an international program to remove tens of thousands of anti-personnel land mines in Latin America that posed a threat to civilians in countries affected by conflict.
Information about U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program, which provides assistance to countries suffering from the presence of land mines, also is available on the State Department Web site.
More information about the OAS land mine program is available on the organization’s Web site.
usinfo.state.gov /xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-english&y=2006&m=June&x=200606191709391xeneerg0.5728418   (420 words)

 Landmine Fact Sheet
Mines laid during WWII are still killing and maiming civilians.
 The number of active mines in the world is decreasing.  As of February 2004, a total of 68 signators of the Mine Ban Treaty have destroyed nearly 30.5 million antipersonnel landmines.
 Global trade in antipersonnel mines has dwindled to a very low level of illicit trafficking.  There were no confirmed instances of trade in antipersonnel mines in 2003. ; Several countries outside the Mine Ban Treaty extended or reconfirmed their moratoria on exports of these mines.
www.landmines.org /crisis/landmine_fact_sheet.cfm   (469 words)

 Organisation for Mine Clearance and Afghan Rehabilitation   (Site not responding. Last check: )
At present, almost half of the 725 square kilometers of land identified as minefields is concentrated in the urban areas where Afghans live, or in the small percentage of Afghanistan's fertile land where Afghans raise crops or livestock.
Afzal's is an unusually positive story in a country where de-miners and aid groups are working against time in their ongoing struggle with "the invisible enemy" of land mines.
Nobody knows how many millions of land mines or unexploded ordnance still exist in Afghanistan, but despite the progress made by de-mining groups, the problem now appears to be getting worse.
www.landmineclearance.org /page2.html   (512 words)

 U.S. must sign land mine treaty
T0 understand the case for banning land mines, listen to "John,'' a Bosnian refugee, talk about how he was maimed and changed for life.
In a letter to President Bush, they assert that land mines are not critical for Korean security, nor do they enhance U.S. combat effectiveness.
There are at least 60 million land mines buried in 70 countries worldwide.
www.banminesusa.org /news/971_mercury.htm   (451 words)

 CNN.com - Land mine ban making progress, activists say - September 7, 2000
While countries continue to lay antipersonnel land mines, the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty -- and the ban movement in general -- is having a major impact globally, according to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
Washington maintains land mines are needed on the Korean Peninsula to deter North Korea from invading South Korea.
In Asia, mines were used in at least six conflicts over the past year -- among them those in Kashmir and the Philippines where, the study said, three rebel groups have used mines or improvised explosives.
archives.cnn.com /2000/US/09/07/land.mines.01/?related   (1005 words)

 Abandoned Mine Program   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Reclamation of abandoned mines in rural areas, particularly in wild life habitat management is implemented to encourage the presence of game species, is having a positive impact on hunting.
The use of reclaimed surface mines for agriculture primarily pasture is likely to occur when the land is owned and utilized by a farmer.
Abandoned mine reclamation and associated drainage abatement to provide protection for existing recreational fishing streams, reduce stress in the aquatic environment caused by water pollution, remove potential pollution sources which could harm the fishery resources, and restore streams that could support a fish population.
www.mde.state.md.us /Programs/WaterPrograms/MiningInMaryland/MineReclamationProgram/index.asp   (850 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Colombia tops the world's list of land mine victims, and the problem is ...
Land mines are perhaps the perfect embodiment of Colombia's civil war, a mechanism designed to kill and maim that draws no distinction between armed combatant and innocent civilian.
Colombia, a signatory to the international Mine Ban Treaty, stopped making land mines in 1997 and is in the process of removing mines that still surround 33 military bases.
But mine clearing has been severely hampered by the fact that unlike most other countries that suffer from land mines, rebels in Colombia continue to plant the explosives.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20060404-0157-colombia-landmines.html   (706 words)

 CNN - 121 nations sign historic land mine treaty - December 4, 1997
OTTAWA (CNN) -- The celebrated treaty to ban anti-personnel land mines became a reality Thursday when 121 nations signed the accord and pledged $500 million to implement it.
An estimated 60 million to 100 million mines are in place 69 countries, and they kill or maim more than 25,000 people every year -- the equivalent of a victim every 22 minutes.
The treaty is the result of the efforts of a coalition of popular figures, governments and non-governmental groups such as the Red Cross and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, led by American Jody Williams, who shared this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
edition.cnn.com /WORLD/9712/04/landmine.wrap   (712 words)

 Mine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mine, a 1973 compilation album by Dolly Parton, titled after the song of the same name.
MINE is a design office in San Francisco
This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mine   (101 words)

 Non-lethal Land Mines
Such a land mine could be used to secure the perimeter around an ammunition depot or a military base, and protect potential terrorist targets, such as nuclear power plant facilities.
The London-based organization Land Mine Action estimates 20,000 deaths and injuries occur every year due to land mines; approximately half are killed and half are injured.
This article from ABC News discusses researchers who are working to develop a robotic system that will find and deactivate buried land mines using high-powered jets of water.
www.acfnewsource.org /science/non_lethal_landmines.html   (675 words)

The fight against landmines is a fight for the rights of people to live free from fear, in a safe environment conducive to development and peace.
In many countries, mines block people’s access to roads, schools, health care, water supplies, jobs, and opportunities to get ahead.
Under the overall coordination of the UN Mine Action Service, 13 separate UN agencies, programmes, departments and funds provide various “mine-action” services in 30 countries and three territories.
www.stoplandmines.org /slm/index.html   (286 words)

 ScienceDaily: Land mine found in residential backyard
Sago mine survivor, families sue mine (August 24, 2006) -- The lone survivor of a West Virginia mine explosion in January and families of two of the 12 others killed have filed lawsuits against the...
NASA Fuels Land Mine Removal Efforts With Thiokol, Marshall Center Agreement (November 5, 1999) -- The same rocket fuel that helps power the Space Shuttle as it thunders into orbit will now be taking on a new -- perhaps surprising -- role, with the potential to benefit millions of people...
Mining -- Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, usually (but not always) from an ore body, vein, or (coal)...
www.sciencedaily.com /upi/?feed=TopNews&article=UPI-1-20060516-13312500-bc-us-landmine.xml   (1510 words)

 Paint ball land mine (US6289819)
    A paint ball land mine capable of propelling standard caliber paint balls during simulated war games is disclosed.
The present paint ball land mine is designed to simulate the function of a U.S. military Claymore anti-personnel mine for purpose of marking participants as out of the competition in the simulated war game.
The paintball land mine includes a cylindrical discharge tube configured to receive a pyrotechnic charge in the form of a 12 gauge shotgun blank round and/or a.38 caliber blank round.
www.delphion.com /details?pn=US06289819__   (268 words)

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