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Division of Mineral Mining

Report an Orphan Mine

Orphan Land Program History    |    Mining Impacts    |    Report an Orphan Mine

What does an orphaned mineral mine look like? See below images for examples of orphaned mines found in Virginia.

Never enter an abandoned or orphaned mines sites. Shafts can be hidden, collapse, contain toxic gas or other dangers. Swimming in an abandoned quarry is very dangerous; the water temperature can be extremely cold and abandoned equipment is often below the water surface. Each year people are killed on abandoned mine sites.

Learn more about the dangers of abandoned mines »

Please contact us to report any orphaned or abandoned mines.

Image of orphaned mine shaft

Vertical exposed mine shaft