The question of structure of the Earth is stated. Minerals and their use are described. Information on the history and basics of mining, methods of mining, extraction of solid minerals, blasting technology, oil and gas production is presented. The issues of development of mining science and mining education, environmental protection during mining operations are considered. Mining themes in painting and art are reflected. An overview of the main directions of mining development in the XXI century is given.
For the mass reader, especially young people who choose mining professions.