Book Launch - Spoil to Soil: Mine Site Rehabilitation and Revegetation - to be launched at the 2018 Mine Rehab Conference on Thursday 12th April
- Alec Roberts
Spoil to Soil looks at both the fundamental and practical aspects of remediation and revegetation of mine sites and provides a narrative of how inert soil can be converted to living soil.
This book is a collaboration from researchers across the world, including: South Korea, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Canada.
The three editors, Dr Ok from Korea University, Prof Kirkham from Kansas State University and our own Prof Nanthi Bolan from University of Newcastle, have provided a framework for their research colleagues and students to guide their research on Mine Rehab.
These researchers include 15 from the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation at the University of Newcastle, many of who are in the room today.
The book examines the fundamental properties of mine site spoil through:
Spoil to Soil illustrates various approaches to mine site rehab practices. Importantly the biological characteristics of mine tailings and the ecological inputs required to rehabilitate soil-like biological properties and conditions which allow soil formation (pedogenesis) and reduction in the mobility of heavy metals in the soil using plant communities (or phytostabilization) are addressed in significant detail.
New research is presented looking at using nanotechnology for mine site remediation for organic contaminants (such as PCB’s) and inorganic contaminants such as heavy metals.
The book also looks at the post mine site land-use practices of beef cattle production on rehab mine lands including the pasture and grazing trials here in the Hunter Valley.
Case studies are presented from the Appalachian coalfields including reforestation approaches following surface coalmining [read controversial mountain top removal]; and recreating headwater stream systems using Natural Channel Design techniques.
The book also covers interesting topics on key issues on mine closure planning for pit lakes and the potential for soil carbon sequestration for lands disturbed by mining.
Spoil to Soil is not only relevant to mined land rehabilitation in Australia but with its international case studies much can be learnt from the descriptions of successful mine rehabilitation in:
The publishers have a special deal for conference delegates and are providing 20% off when you order online. A flyer detailing this is in your delegates bag.
It gives me much pleasure to launch the book Spoil to Soil.
Please join with me in congratulating Nanthi and his colleagues.
To order online goto: bit.ly/SpoiltoSoil