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ArticleName Dialectical contradictions and resolutions toward innovative development and ecological safety enhancement in modern-day coal mining
DOI 10.17580/em.2020.01.16
ArticleAuthor Prokopenko S. A., Lesin Yu. V., Li A. A., Shadrin V. G.

Tomsk Polytechnic University, Tomsk, Russia1 ; VostNII Science Center, Kemerovo, Russia2:

Prokopenko S. A.1,2, Professor, Doctor of Engineering Sciences,


VostNII Science Center, Kemerovo, Russia:

Li A. A., Academic Secretary, Professor, Doctor of Engineering Sciences


Gorbachev Kuzbass State Technical University, Kemerovo, Russia:

Lesin Yu. V., Professor, Doctor of Engineering Sciences


Kemerovo State University, Kemerovo, Russia:
Shadrin V. G., Associate Professor, Candidate of Engineering Sciences


The incremental coal production raises ecological tension in the coal mining areas. Environmental measures only allow minor mitigation of the impact. This study aims to disclose the deep causes of the adverse condition of the coal mining regions and to find innovative resources for the improvement of the ecological situation. The analysis and understanding of understanding between a human being and the crust in the course of solid mineral mining has revealed dialectical contradictions in activities of mines. The hierarchical arrangement and scrutiny of the contradictions show that mines poorly use resource potential of mineral deposits due to technological and economic underdevelopment of mining areas. Not many georesources available within the limits of a mining lease are converted into economically valuable products. Some matter of the lithosphere finds utilization after additional processing, while the major portion of georesources falls in the category of waste. The currently available technologies of re-processing only partly solve the problem by converting some waste into profit-yielding products. The situation in existence in mineral mining to be modified calls for the resolution of the dialectical contradictions and for the breakthrough innovations. One of the latter may be the change in the operational policy of a mine with replacement of coal flow by the flow of energy fluids. This will release a mining area from the whole range of adverse ecological and economic impacts. The change of the operational policies of coal mines is the top-priority objective of mining engineers, as well as scientists and practitioners in mining, and presses for the build-up of their intelligent and innovative potential. Such advancement is possible through resolution of other dialectical contradictions the essence of which is planned to be disclosed in the framework of the further research.

The article is prepared in the framework of the Competitive Power Improvement Program of the National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University.

keywords Сoal mine, ecology, georesource, dialectical contradictions, resolution, mining engineers, innovation, potential, technology, product, waste, dump, commodity

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