ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5

Mine reclamation

Do you remember when you used to play with those building blocks? Imagine that the blocks represent the land where we live. Now, imagine that some people take away some of those blocks to find important things inside, like gold, silver or copper. This is what happens when mining takes place.

But when people take the blocks away, the land gets all messed up and it becomes difficult for animals and plants to live there. This is where mine reclamation comes in.

Mine reclamation is like using your best tools to put all the blocks back in place once the digging is done. It is when people clean up the mess left behind and make the land as good as new. By doing that, the animals and plants can come back to the land and feel safe again.

Reclamation experts make sure that the soil, water, air, and plants are all healthy again. They may plant new trees, put up fences, and create ponds to help animals that live nearby to have a better home. Reclamation helps the earth to stay healthy and happy, so that it can continue to provide us with all the things we need to live.