Mining is the process by which commercially valuable mineral resources are extracted (removed) from Earth's surface. These resources include ores (minerals usually containing metal elements), precious stones (such as diamonds), building stones (such as granite), and solid fuels (such as coal).
The operation can baffle even those entrusted with its care. Helgi Helgason, a burly, bald Icelandic man who oversees the data center that houses the machines, said that when he first heard that a Bitcoin mining operation was moving in he expected something very different.
Surface mining is forms of mining in which the soil and the rock layer the mineral deposit are removed. It is the other way of insubordinate mining, in which the overlying rock is left behind, and the required mineral deposits are separate through shafts or tunnels.