An interesting feature of quarry blasts is that the first motion of the wavefront is almost always “Up” or compressive. This is due to how the blast waves are formed in the first place. They start at the surface and the explosive energy is shot down into the ground compressing it outward. Because almost all quarry blasting is performed the same way, using the same methods, quarry blasts tend to look very similar to each other, with variations due to local geology.
For an introductory video on how drilling and blasting are used to mine watch below:
Uploaded on Nov 14, 2011
Shot, Edit, Voiced, Produced – An Introduction to Drilling and Blasting in the Construction Industry
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