Mining and Mine‑Site Rehabilitation
DOI link for Mining and Mine‑Site Rehabilitation
Mining and Mine‑Site Rehabilitation book
The primary aim of mine-site rehabilitation should be to restore long-term stability to the landscape by minimising surface run-off and sub-soil drainage as quickly as possible. A secondary aim would be a rapid deployment of an overstorey to provide a foliage protective cover balanced, over time, by a shallow-rooted understorey. One of the major mining developments in the tropical north of Australia is the Ranger Uranium Mine, located within the World Heritage– and Ramsar Convention–listed Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. The Coronation Hill mining site was used experimentally to test the effects of leakage of residual pollutants from the previously worked mine on the downstream environment. The Pilbara is a region of north-western Australia, noted for its richness of mineral resources, with active and pending mining tenements covering a large proportion of the total area but largely confined to ironstone ranges and greenstone belts.