Global Restoration Network: Database for Eco-restoration Information


The Global Restoration Network (GRN) is a project of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) that provides a database and web-based portal to trustworthy and hard-to-find information on all aspects of restoration, from historic ecosystems and causes of degradation to in-depth case studies and proven restoration methods and techniques. The overriding mission of the GRN is to link research, projects, and practitioners in order to foster an innovative exchange of experience, vision, and expertise.

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Soil restoration techniques at post mining sites

reclamation signLast 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.

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The Role of Living Organisms in Soil Formation

Soil_profileSoil is closely connected to ecosystem development. In fact, the natural composition of soils is a result of interaction of the mineral substrate with the soil biota: microscopic and macroscopic animals, plants and their physiological activities. Other basic factors, such as the local climate and topography, as well as past developments over long periods of time set the scene. More recent factors, such as technical recultivation measures have a major impact on the restoration and functioning of soils.

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