Moria. You fear to go into those mines. The Dwarves dug too greedily and too deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad-dum...shadow and flame.
The Rock Raiders theme, released in 1999, contains a series of sets wherein members of the LMS Explorer dig for energy crystals. According to Rock Raider mythos, the LMS Explorer was on its way home when it ran into an asteroid field and was badly damaged. After being flung towards the Planet U, members of the ship dropped down to the planet to extract ore and Energy Crystals. The series has the same goal of many themes, collecting crystals. Rock Raiders, however, has a much greater backstory, with comic books and a game that explain why they need the resources.
Of course the Rock Raider crew also ran into their own troubles, namely the Rock Monsters. They feast on crystals, just as the Rock Raiders need the crystals to power their ships, and are only aggressive when their crystals are in jeopardy. While the Rock Monsters are seen as brutish enemies, they are really only protecting what is rightfully theirs. However, the crew of the LMS Explorer is not merely mining crystals for profit, exploiting the Planet U, but rather need to in order to successfully escape and return home.
So, unlike many crystal-collecting themes, the Rock Raiders may be disturbing the natural habitat but are only doing so in order to survive. A stark contrast to the Aquanauts and Aquasharks who are disturbing the natural ocean environment for their own gain.
Regardless, the vehicle here is clearly used as a bulldozer of sorts for moving around ore. The crew member appears to not be deliberately attempting to hurt the Rock Monster, but rather is attempting to escape and leave the monster alone. While he could easily use the dynamite on top of the vehicle to destroy the Rock Monster, he decides instead to merely flee the otherwise peaceful creature.
The rich mythos of the Rock Raiders gives us more to work with and allows us to see them not as capitalistic exploiters of the resources of a distant planet, but as shipwrecked explorers.