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Detailed structure and explanatory notes

ISIC Rev.2 code 2


  • Major Division: 2 - Mining and Quarrying


This Major Division is divided into the following Divisions:

  • 21 - Coal Mining
  • 22 - Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Production
  • 23 - Metal Ore Mining
  • 29 - Other Mining

Explanatory note

Mining and quarrying is here used in a broad sense to include the extraction, dressing and beneficiating of minerals occurring naturally: solids, such as coal and ores; liquids, such as crude petroleum; and gases, such as natural gas. Mining includes underground and surface mines, quarries and wells and all supplemental activities for dressing and beneficiating ores and other crude materials, such as crushing, screening, washing, cleaning, grading, milling, flotation, melting, pelleting, topping and other preparations needed to render the material marketable. Mining activities are classified into divisions, major groups and groups on the basis of the principal mineral produced.

Excluded from this major division are works performed on a contract or fee basis in the development and preparation of mineral properties and sites (included in major division 5, Construction) or in prospecting for minerals (included in group 8324, Engineering, architectural and technical services). The purification and distribution of water is classified in group 4200 (Water works and supply); the bottling of natural spring and mineral waters at springs and wells is classified in group 3134 (Soft drinks and carbonated water industries);and the crushing, grinding or otherwise treating certain earths, rocks, and minerals not carried on in conjunction with mining and quarrying activities in included in group 3699 (Manufacture of non-metallic mineral products, n.e.c.).

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