A quarry is a place where rocks, sand, or minerals are extracted from the surface of the Earth. A quarry is a type of mine called an openpit mine, because it is open to the Earth's type of mine, a subsurface mine, consists of underground tunnels or shafts.. The most common purpose of quarries is to extract stone for building materials.
Stone quarry in Soignies, Hainaut (province), Belgium. A quarry is a type of open pit mine that is used to get rocks and minerals from the ground. Quarries are often used to cut stone from the ground in large pieces or blocks. These are called dimension stones. They are used for building things.