Assessment, Restoration and Reclamation of Mining Influenced Soils

Assessment, Restoration and Reclamation of Mining Influenced Soils

1st Edition - September 9, 2017

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  • Editors: Jaume Bech, Claudio Bini, Mariya Pashkevich
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097298
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128095881

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Assessment, Restoration and Reclamation of Mining Influenced Soils covers processes operating in the environment as a result of mining activity, including the whole spectra of negative effects of anthropopressure and the environment, from changes in soil chemistry, changes in soil physical properties, geomechanical disturbances, and mine water discharges. Mining activity and its waste are an environmental concern. Knowledge of the fate of potentially harmful elements and their effect on plants and the food chain, and ultimately on human health, is still being understood. Therefore, there is a need for better knowledge on the origin, distribution, and management of mine waste on a global level. This book provides information on hazard assessment and remediation of the disturbed environment, including stabilization of contaminated soils and phytoremediation, and will help scientists and public authorities formulate answers to the daily challenges related to the restoration of contaminated land.

Key Features

  • Provides a thorough overview of the processes operating on mining-devastated areas, as well as origin, distribution, and deactivation of harmful elements
  • Includes outcomes and recommendations of the Global Mining Initiative that are widely regarded as the code of conduct in the minerals industry
  • Contains global case studies that elucidate various aspects of assessment and restoration of mine-contaminated land


Soil scientists, geologists, ecologists, environmentalists, mining engineers and public administrators and other professionals who are involved in past and present mining activities, environmental surveillance and management

Table of Contents

  • 1. Classification and environmental impact of mining dumps
    2. A multianalytical approach for the assessment of toxic element distribution in soils from mine and quarry areas
    3. Hazard assessment of soils and spoils from the Portuguese Iberian Pyrite Belt mining areas and their potential reclamation
    4. Mine waste: assessment of environmental contamination and restoration
    5. Environmental risk assessment of tailing ponds using geophysical and geochemical techniques
    6. Tailings impoundments of Polish copper mining industry-environmental effects, risk assessment and reclamation
    7. Assessment and reclamation of soils from uranium mining areas: Case studies from Portugal
    8. Reclamation by containment: Polyethylene-based solidification
    9. Geochemical barriers for soils protection in mining areas
    10. Aspects of reclamation of mining influenced soils in southern European Russia
    11. Proposals for remediation of soils affected by mining activities in South-East Spain
    12. Reclamation of sites impacted by mining activities. Stabilisation/Solidification of 232Th-contaminated soils
    13. Ecoefficient in situ technologies for the remediation of sites affected by old mining activities: the case of Portman Bay, Murcia, Spain
    14. Organic mulching to improve soil mining restoration
    15. Heavy metals contamination of mine soils, their risk assessment and bioremediation
    16. Potential hazards elements accumulation in soils and native plants from areas affected by mining activities in South America
    17. Mine water discharges in Upper Silesian Coal Basin (Poland): assessment of impact and management concepts

Product details

  • No. of pages: 520
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: September 9, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128097298
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128095881

About the Editors

Jaume Bech

Emeritus Professor Soil Science of Barcelona University (UB), Catalona, Spain. Dr. Bech holds a PhD in Biology, an M.A. in Geology, and a PhD in Pharmacy. Dr. Bech was Associated Lecturer of Soil Science, University of Barcelona (1974-83) and Professor of Soil Science (1983-2007) where he directed 50 PhD students. Dr. Bech has published approximately 400 papers in the areas of pedology, mine soils pollution and phytoremediation. Dr. Bech was the first to find metallophytes in Peru and Ecuador.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, Soil Science, Barcelona University (UB), Catalona, Spain

Claudio Bini

Claudio Bini is Professor of Soil Science, University of Venice, Department of Environmental Sciences where he teaches Environmental Science, Geodynamics, Applied Geology, Soil Genesis and Evolution and Applied Pedology. Dr. Bini holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Florence (1969). Dr. Bini is a member of numerous Scientific Societies, both national (SIMP; SGI; SISS; SIPE; AIPEA) and international (AFES, IUSS, ISTEB) and is the current editor of Soil Research. He is the author of approximately 200 papers and books published in national and international journals, and in proceedings of international congresses in basic and applied Soil Science. His research is mostly devoted to soil landscape, trace elements in soils and plants and paleopedology

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Soil Science, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Venice, Italy

Mariya Pashkevich

Mariya A. Pashkevich received her Ph.D. in Hydrogeology at Mining. Pashkevich held a 10-month internship at the Geological School of Lorraine Polytechnic Institute (France) and received a diploma of international engineer-expert in the field of Geology and Geoecology. In 1995–1996 she won the contest of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, and had a 10-month internship at Geological Faculty of the University of Liege (Belgium). During this internship, the methodology developed by Pashkevich was tested and implemented for assessment of environmental hazards of sulfide mining waste. In 2002, Pashkevich was elected as professor of National Mineral Resources University (Mining University). In 2005, she took on leadership in the new Department of Geoecology and became a Head of the Department. Pashkevich is the author of more than 180 scientific papers, including three monographs: "Technogenic massifs and their impact on the environment" (2000), "Ecology of the geological environment" (2002), "Rational remediation methods for technogenic pollution focuses of hydrocarbon compounds" (2008), she also had 11 patents for inventions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of the Department of Geoecology, National Mineral Resources University (Mining University), Saint Petersburg, Russia

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