Environmental Impacts of Mining is a comprehensive reference addressing some of the most significant environmental problems associated with mining. These issues include destruction of landscapes, destruction of agricultural and forest lands, sedimentation and erosion, soil contamination, surface and groundwater pollution, air pollution, and waste management. The book presents an agenda for minimizing environmental damage and offers solutions for the restoration and remediation of degraded areas. This book is a "must have" for environmental consultants, regulators, planners, workers in the mining industry, geologists, hydrologists, hazardous waste professionals, and instructors in the environmental sciences.
Table of Contents
1. Mining and the Environment 2. Surface Coal Mining with Reclamation 3. Reclamation and Revegetation of Mined Land 4. The Acid Mine Drainage Problem from Coal Mines 5. Acid Rock Drainage and Metal Migration 6. Hydrologic Impact 7. Erosion Sediment Control 8. Wetlands 9. Blasting 10. Mining Subsidence 11. Postmining Land Use 12. Environmental Effects of Gold Heap-Leaching Operations