Bio-Geotechnologies for Mine Site Rehabilitation

Bio-Geotechnologies for Mine Site Rehabilitation

1st Edition - January 2, 2018

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  • Editors: MNV Prasad, Paulo Jorge de Campos Favas, Subodh Kumar Maiti
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128129869
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129876

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Bio-Geotechnologies for Mine Site Rehabilitation deals with the biological, physical, chemical, and engineering approaches necessary for the reclamation of mine waste. As mining has negative effects on natural resources and deteriorates the quality of the surrounding environment, this book provides coverage across different types of mining industries, which are currently creating industrial deserts overloaded with technogenic waste. The book offers cost-effective strategies and approaches for contaminated sites, along with remediation and rehabilitation methods for contaminated soils and waste dumps. It is an essential resource for students and academics, but is also ideal for applied professionals in environmental geology, mineral geologists, biotechnologists and policymakers.

Key Features

  • Deals with global and holistic approaches of abandoned mine land rehabilitation
  • Includes mine waste rehabilitation case studies from around the world
  • Covers integrated technologies, such as bioremediation of metalliferous soil
  • Provide strategies for sustainable ecosystems on mine spoil dumps
  • Offers novel methods for the remediation of acid mine drainage


Students, academic and applied professionals in environmental geology, mineral geologists, biotechnologists, and academia, policy and decision makers

Table of Contents

  • Section 1
    1. Abandoned Mine Reclamation – holistic approach
    2. Soil Quality Indices for Evaluation of Abandoned Mine Land [AML]
    3. Indicators for Monitoring Mine Site Rehabilitation
    4. Biotechnological tools for remediation of Acid Mine Drainage
    5. Biotechnological tools for Mine Site Rehabilitation
    6. Novel methods for the remediation of Acid Mine Drainage
    7. Mine site restoration using sylvicultural approach
    8. Engineered soils using amendments for in situ rehabilitation of AML
    9. Aided Phytostabilization of Mine Waste
    10. Fly ash and lime-stabilized biosolid mixtures for mine spoil reclamation
    11. Iron oxide nanoparticles and reclamation of mine sites
    12. Nanoenhanced Reclamation of Mine Spoils
    13. Insights and lessons learned from the long-term rehabilitation of AMLs
    14. Mycoremediation for mine site rehabilitation
    15. Mycorrhizal fungi from mine sites and rehabilitation of AMLs
    16. Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria-assisted phytoremediation of mine soils

    Case Studies
    17. Brazil -Mine Site rehabilitation in Brazil
    18. China - Mine land reclamation of coal mine, A case study from China
    19. Czech - Mine Rehabilitation Technologies in Czech Republic
    20. India - Nyveli Lignite Mine Rehabilitation
    21. Carbon sequestration and soil CO2 flux in reclaimed coal mine from India
    22. Stabilization of iron ore mine spoil dump sites with vetiver system
    23. India - Techniques for evaluation of mine site reclamation success
    24. Ireland - Mine Sites Rehabilitation in Ireland
    25. Japan – Phytorecovery of mine-impacted agricultural land in Japan
    26. Artisanal and small-scale gold mining waste rehabilitation with energy crops and native flora – a case study from Nigeria
    27. Poland - Reclamation of post-mining sites in Poland
    28. Poland - Lignite Mine Waste reclamation
    29. Russia - Biological recultivation of Ural coal mines disturbed lands
    30. Russia - Mine land rehabilitation in the Russian Sub-Arctic
    31. USA - Mine waste remediation in United States
    32. UK: Building a Cradle for Nature:  A Paradigm for Environmental Reconstruction on degraded former surface coal-mine sites in South Wales, UK
    33. Thailand - Thai mining and bio-geotechnologies for sustainable development

Product details

  • No. of pages: 730
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: January 2, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128129869
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128129876

About the Editors

MNV Prasad

Dr Prasad is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Hyderabad. He has served the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India in various advisory committees on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, pollution control and abatement, environmental information systems and bioremediation of contaminated sites. He is an active visiting scientist in several international universities. He is the editor, co-editor, or author of 17 books published by leading international publishers and 190 journal articles and 118 book chapters/conference proceedings. He has made outstanding contributions to the fields of Bioremediation, Bioresources, Biomass energy sources, bioeconomy and to the broad field of environmental biotechnology (including value chain and value addition products from plants used in phytoremediation) all of which are his main areas of expertise.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India

Paulo Jorge de Campos Favas

Dr De Campos Favas is a professor in the Department of Geology of the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro as well as a member of the Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (MARE) from the University of Coimbra. He has been involved in 10 research projects. He is author and co-author of 29 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals and 136 papers in conference proceedings, has 19 book chapters and 2 books published. His main areas of research are: heavy metals and arsenic contamination (soil, sediment, water); acid mine drainage; bioaccumulation of metals in plants (aquatic and terrestrial environments); hyperaccumulator plants; phytoremediation; bioindication; restoration of degraded mine areas.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Life Sciences and the Environment, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal

Subodh Kumar Maiti

Dr Maiti is an award winning author in Environmental Engineering. His area of focus is mining and the environment for most of his career. He has published 3 books, 89 journal papers, 14 book chapters and over 100 proceedings. He is Professor of the Department of Environmental Sc. & Engg (ESE) at the Centre of Mining Environment Indian School of Mines. He acquired his Ph.D (Env Sc. & Engg., ISM), M.Tech (Envt Sc. & Engg, IIT Bombay), M.Sc (Botany, Calcutta University), Mining & Env (Univ of Luleo, Sweden), EIA & Auditing (UK), SERI (Australia), FNEA, and Mem IPS (USA).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), India

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  • KarenNash Wed Apr 01 2020

    Good benchmark text with high practical use for engagement with key players at the technical level

    The text takes us through a range of practical approaches and underlying perspectives, philosophies, and technologies. Plenty of scope to use as a practical text for locating successes and not-so-successes and key researchers active in the field across the globe. Very useful for orienting in the current field and for preparing to engage with the coming decade on restoration.