Environmental Engineering

Remediation of Abandoned Surface Coal Mining Sites

A NATO-Project

Editors: Mudroch, A., Stottmeister, U., Kennedy, C., Klapper, H. (Eds.)

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Christopher Kennedy University of Toronto, Department of Civil Engineering, 35 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S IA4 Coal is a valuable resource. It provides a significant amount of the World's energy supply and it is the basis for many industries. However, in areas where coal lies close to the Earth's surface and has been exploited by open cast tech­ niques, radical alterations of landscape and significant impacts on the envi­ ronment have occurred. This report was prepared to provide guidance to those who are responsible for the prevention of environmental effects from surface mining and for the restoration of the mining areas. Environmental problems of surface coal mining and restoration of the mine sites are discussed in the re­ port. Particular attention is given to Eastern Europe, which continues to be a major centre of opencast lignite mining. Reclamation of mined lands for for­ estry, agriculture and wildlife is briefly discussed. However, the shear volume of coal removed from many mines in Eastern Europe is so vast, that there is often insufficient overburden material to refill the pits. Consequently, the main focus of this report is on the creation of lakes in these former surface mines. Many problems have to be overcome in creating healthy lakes for recreation or wildlife. Guidelines for treating water quality problems and further devel­ opment of lakes are provided. Techniques for dealing with acidic, waters, eutrophication and contamination are discussed.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Stottmeister, Ulrich (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • Reclamation and Regeneration of Landscapes after Brown Coal Opencast Mining in Six Different Countries

    Stottmeister, Ulrich (et al.)

    Pages 4-36

  • Alternatives for the Reclamation of Surface Mined Lands

    Kennedy, Christopher

    Pages 37-56

  • Mining Lakes: Generation, Loading and Water Quality Control

    Klapper, Helmut

    Pages 57-110

  • Development Prospects for the Post-Mining Landscape in Central Germany

    Linke, Sabine (et al.)

    Pages 111-149

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Remediation of Abandoned Surface Coal Mining Sites
Book Subtitle
A NATO-Project
Editors
  • Alena Mudroch
  • Ulrich Stottmeister
  • Christopher Kennedy
  • Helmut Klapper
Series Title
Environmental Engineering
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-04734-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-04734-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-42539-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-07641-1
Series ISSN
1431-2492
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 175
Number of Illustrations and Tables
83 b/w illustrations
Topics