The use of subsurface space and especially the conversion of mined space into continuous tenure and occupance by uses secondary to the mining venture effects a direct conservation of energy in utilizing the natural rock matrix temperatures and an indirect conservation of energy in making dual use of a land resource. These savings are furthered when planning occurs at the time of the rock removal so as to leave the mined space easily adaptible to functional and continuous use as warehouses; offices, and factories.

A recent survey shows the continued expansion of underground development in the Kansas City area. This paper shows the rate of space production by limestone mining and the rate of development into secondary uses. The factors of space economy achieved through dual use of land and energy conservation through use of the natural subsurface temperature continue to attract business and industry. Comparisons of surface versus subsurface costs for developing and maintaining similar uses are explored. The extensive use of the subsurface where physically feasible indicates a potential savings in space use and energy conservation of national importance. A short film, "Underground Space: Kansas City's Third Dimension," will supplement the paper.

Meeting Name

3rd Annual UMR-MEC Conference on Energy (1976: Oct. 12-14, Rolla, MO)

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings


Energy Resources - Exploration and Extraction

Document Version

Final Version

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© 1977 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

13 Oct 1976