Mining

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Mining is an indispensable activity given that most mineral ores (copper, iron, potassium, sandstone, zinc, crystal, and coal) are crucial resources and required in many (particularly advanced) crafting recipes.


Locations

Usually ores are found as ore nodes on large rocks (occasionally also on underwater rocks in lakes). Uniquely, crystal ore and phosphate ore as well as coal can only be found in the dangerous and hard-to-access underwater caves.

Copper Ore
Iron Ore
Potassium Ore
Sandstone Ore
Zinc Ore
Crystal Ore
Phosphate Ore
Coal
Ore nodes on a rock
Underwater ore node
Crystal in an underwater cave
Coal in an underwater cave
Coal in an underwater cave


Tools

Ores can be mined manually using a pickaxe (or, yielding much less usable ore and under much greater wear for the tool, a normal axe). In addition, copper, iron, potassium, and zinc ore can also be mined automatically using a mining drill.

Pickaxe
Axe
Mining Drill


Refinement

Once gathered, a refinery is necessary to purify most minerals into their refined form in order to process them in crafting recipes. Lumps of coal are an exception, serving as a highly effective type of fuel without the need for any refinement.

Refinery
Copper
Iron
Potassium
Glass
Zinc
Crystal
Phosphorus


Further Information

  • Phosphate is the only type of mineral which, when refined, yields three portions of phosphorus for every one piece of ore. All other minerals, including crystal, refine at a one-to-one ratio.


Resources
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Plants:  BlueberriesCarrotsCottonFibersKelpMedicinal PlantsMushroomsOnionsPotatoesStrawberriesTrees
Ores:  Copper OreIron OrePhosphate OrePotassium OreSandstone OreZinc OreCrystal OreCoal
Other:  Scrap