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Coal Mine at NordeggMost Alberta coal is produced by both surface and underground mining methods. The two surface mining methods primarily used in Alberta are either strip mining or open pit mining. Underground mines in Canada produce approximately five percent of Canada's coal. In most cases, geology determines how coal is mined. Ninety-five percent of Canada's production is mined from the surface from either open pit or strip mines.

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