This report describes the potential for utilization of satellite observations for remote sensing of mine waste disposal areas. Four study sites consisting of metal and nonmetal mining areas in different climatic and physiographic regions of the contiguous United States were used in the investigation. The mine waste disposal sites consisted of mining of phosphates in Florida, copper in Arizona, silver in Idaho, and coal in West Virginia. Landsat satellite multispectral scanner observations were used together with aerial photographs, ground surveys, U.S. Geological Survey maps, and other ancillary information. Landsat digital data were categorized using automated supervised classification algorithms and an image analysis system. Detailed descriptions of automated classification techniques employed and the accuracy attained are provided together with the results of manual interpretations. The inventory of areas disturbed for phosphate mining and a change detection investigation for Polk County, Florida, were also undertaken during the study.