Minerals and the Environment

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 83–89 | Cite as

Ecological considerations in reclaiming surface mined lands

  • J. CairnsJr.


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.


Geochemistry Original Condition Ecological Problem Mine Operator Ecological Consideration 
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© Science and Technology Letters 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. CairnsJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Biology Department and University Center for Environmental StudiesVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.University of Michigan Biological StationPellstonUSA

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