The restoration of post mining and post industrial sites to functional ecosystems takes a long time and requires long term planning by the industry. But even the longest journey starts with the first steps. We will dedicate the next posts on one of the most important first steps: soil restoration.
As we have already spoken about functional geomorphologic design, a modern application of science that deals with the design and reconstruction of landforms similar to ‘natural’ on terrains transformed by surface mining, we will now focus on soils. What processes and organisms work behind the scenes and what techniques can be applied to effectively restore soils on post mining sites?
Soils and soil formation are the basis of living ecosystems, yet they attract far less attention than plants and animals. To do justice to soils in this blog, we have invited as a guest blogger Prof. Jan Frouz – director of the Environmental Centre of the Charles University in Prague and editor of the book Soil Biota and Ecosystem Development in Post Mining Sites (CRC Press 2013) – to introduce the topic for us in three short articles:
- The role of living organisms in soil formation (Part 1)
- Soil formation at post mining sites (Part 2)
- Soil restoration techniques at post mining sites (Part 3)
In the future we intend to continue with articles, following the probable patways of ecological sucession. Well, as succession really is sometimes unpredictable, you might expect other topics too. If you are interested to contribute with writing, don’t hesitate to get in contact.