What verb can I use to say that a mine produces ore? The ore is not produced at the mine site, however, so I need a word for describing the whole operation (excavation, processing, etc.).
The operation I want to describe is the following. The ore is excavated and processed to some degree (simple processes to separate valuable minerals from the gangue, comminution) on site.
Is there a verb that describes the generic operation of a mine?
Excavation sounds a bit too specific to me, but as I am a non-native, that might be a wrong impression.