Ecological considerations in reclaiming surface mined lands

TitleEcological considerations in reclaiming surface mined lands
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1979
AuthorsJr. JCairns
JournalMinerals and the Environment
Volume1
Issue3
Pagination83-89
KeywordsSUCCESSION
Abstract

The opportunities for, and ecological problems of, reclaiming surfaced-mined land are reviewed. It is suggested that existing methods permit the achievement of ecologically viable goals, although further research would be beneficial. However, an ecologically improved condition will only rarely reproduce the original condition and acceptance of this philosophy will entail compromise by both ecologists and mine operators.