New Insights into Mine Reclamation: Techniques for an Integrated Approach to Environmental Remediation

A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2021) | Viewed by 460

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Smart Forest Research Group, Polytechnical School of Mieres, University of Oviedo, 33600 Mieres, Spain
Interests: forest management; reforestation; tree growth; forest ecology; silviculture; tree plantation; restoration; forestry; biomass production; short rotation forestry
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INDUROT and Environmental Technology, Biotechnology and Geochemistry Group, University of Oviedo, 33600 Mieres, Spain
Interests: nanoremediation; mine reclamation; soil remediation; environmental geochemistry; soil pollution; soil washing; biochar; magnetic separation
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Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Ordenación del Territorio (INDUROT), Área de Geoquímica Ambiental. Edificio de Investigación-Campus de Mieres–Universidad de Oviedo, Mieres (Asturias), Spain
Interests: soil science; mine reclamation; soil remediation; environmental geochemistry; soil pollution; biochar; compost; phytoremediation; environmental nanotechnology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mining is an essential activity that supports technological civilization. However, minimization of the associated impacts and subsequent restoration of mining areas is the biggest challenge facing the sector. Mine reclamation has previously focused on minimizing environmental impacts and preparing the land for productive uses during and after exploitation. Geomorphic changes are generally required to minimize erosion processes and leaching of metal(loid)s, even when the tailings and other waste generated are disposed of in mine dumps. In this respect, some (in)organic amendments and remediation technologies, such as stabilization, nanoremediation, and phytoremediation, are required to immobilize pollutants. Using vegetation to restore soils is in itself a complex process and may determine the potential economic value of degraded land. New phytoremediation techniques provide opportunities for a circular economy, supporting forest and agricultural yields to generate sustainable production options in rural areas. In this Special Issue, the role of different approaches will be considered, with special emphasis on a multifaceted approach to mine reclamation. Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Stabilization of mine soils and waste by using amendments (compost, biochar, etc.);
  • Nanoremediation for treatment of mine soils and wastewater;
  • Forestry reclamation;
  • Energy crops in mine soils/dumps;
  • Agricultural opportunities regarding mine soils.

Authors are invited and welcome to submit original research papers, reviews, and short communications.

Dr. Asunción Cámara-Obregón
Dr. Diego Baragaño Coto
Dr. Rubén Forján Castro
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  • mine reclamation
  • mine soils
  • soil stabilization
  • metal(loid) immobilization
  • critical raw materials
  • secondary mining
  • energy crops
  • forestry reclamation
  • agricultural use of mine land

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There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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