Last post of the series dedicated to soils of post mining sites. What are the most commonly used techniques for soil restoration at post mining sites and how do they work? Soils are a valuable resource and their protection in the course of mining and storage is extremely important to avoid irreversible damage. Soil management and replacement with exogenous soil is also very expensive. That is why the first priority should be to conserve the existing soil in the best possible condition.
A recent Blog by Richard Coniff presents a critical view to ecological restoration projects, claiming that they often provide an excuse to developers to build over natural habitats, while restoring (often unsuccessfully) secondary sites and at high cost. The author asks critical questions about ecological restoration projects. We are interested to know your opinion!
Recreation of stable land forms and restoring soil productivity are the first tasks of ecological restoration in heavily degraded sites. In previous posts we covered the importance of functional land forms and the role of living organisms in soil formation. In this post we focus on the specifics of soil formation in post-mining sites, thanks to our guest blogger Prof. Jan Frouz.