Breaking Out

Breaking_outAfter the Jade Cores have been examined, and quality has been determined, the miners will analyze the face looking for cleavage points. These natural joints can be exploited to remove the Jade. More core holes will be drilled, and heavy hydraulic spreaders will be inserted into these cracks to push the Jade apart.

Breaking out is an incredibly difficult process in Jade Mining, because of the composition of Nephrite Jade. Nephrite Jade is the toughest rock on the planet, instead of having a crystalline structure like granite, it is composed of tightly interlocked fibers. These tightly meshed fibers make splitting efforts far more difficult than any other gemstone.

After the heavy hydraulic splitters have forced the Jade apart, Heavy Machinery is used to pull the Jade out.