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How do you strip mine biomes?

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I don't have any screenshots, but I can probably explain it simply. I set up a ladder tree in the biome with one or two trunks and "branches" every 8 vertical tiles. In other words, run a vertical ladder and every 8 tiles place a horizontal row. Dupes can dig 4 tiles above and 3 tiles below a ladder so this is the least building without doing some fancy pattern.

Build ladders at priority 7. Dig the row of two tiles above the ladders at priority 6 and the rest of the dig at priority 5. After many smashed biomes this is the easiest way to discourage dupes from stranding themselves on islands. Be attentive to the "made a mess" alert and you should catch things before they get out of hand.

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