Establishment of native ecosystems after mining - Australian experience across diverse biogeographic zones

Bell, L.C. (2001) Establishment of native ecosystems after mining - Australian experience across diverse biogeographic zones. Ecological Engineering, 17 2-3: 179-186. doi:10.1016/S0925-8574(00)00157-9


Author Bell, L.C.
Title Establishment of native ecosystems after mining - Australian experience across diverse biogeographic zones
Journal name Ecological Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0925-8574
Publication date 2001-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0925-8574(00)00157-9
Volume 17
Issue 2-3
Start page 179
End page 186
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
300801 Environmental Management and Rehabilitation
771007 Rehabilitation of degraded mining lands
Abstract The Australian minerals industry, which is dominated by coal, gold, bauxite, iron ore, base metals and mineral sand operations, is widely scattered across a continent which has a wide range of climatic zones ranging from moist temperate in the south through hot deserts in the centre to moist tropical in the north. There is an emphasis at most mines on establishing native ecosystems after mining, and technologies have had to be developed to ensure successful establishment and stability of these ecosystems under often adverse climatic conditions. This paper describes some of the innovative practices used to establish native ecosystenms in bauxite, mineral sand and coal operations across diverse biogeographic zones. Additionally, brief reference is made to an ecosystem function analysis, which has been developed to assess the success of establishment of these ecosystems. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Keyword Ecology
Engineering, Environmental
Environmental Sciences
Native Ecosystems
Bauxite
Mineral Sands
Coal
Ecosystem Function Analysis
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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