Mining in Ecologically Sensitive Landscapes

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Brings together experts in the field of mining and conservation to grapple with this pressing issue.

Mining in Ecologically Sensitive Landscapes explores the interface between geology and botany, and mining and conservation. Many areas of unusual geology that contain ore-bearing bodies also support unique ecological communities of plants and animals. Increasing demand to exploit rich mineral deposits can lead to a conflict between mining and conservation interests in such landscapes. + Full description

This book brings together experts in the field of mining and conservation to grapple with this pressing issue and to work toward a positive outcome for all. Chapters are grouped into four themes: Introduction, Concepts and Challenges; Endemism in Ironstone Geosystems; Progress in Bauxite Mining; and Ways Forward.

The book focuses on natural and semi-natural ecosystems, where landscape beauty, biodiversity and conservation value are at their highest measure and the mineral wealth they contain can bring affluence of regional or even national importance. Examples of conflicts ranging from threatened floristic endemics to human ecology are included, from Africa, the Americas and Australasia.

Mining in Ecologically Sensitive Landscapes is an important reference for environmental managers, NGOs, restoration ecologists, academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students of ecology and environmental studies, conservation biologists, as well as mine managers, mining environmental specialists, consultants, regulators and relevant government departments.

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Mining in Ecologically Sensitive Landscapes is an important reference for environmental managers, NGOs, restoration ecologists, academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students of ecology and environmental studies, conservation biologists, as well as mine managers, mining environmental specialists, consultants, regulators and relevant government departments.

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Hardback | August 2015 | $120.00
ISBN: 9780643106352 | 288 pages | 270 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour illustrations, Colour photographs, Line Art

ePDF | August 2015
ISBN: 9780643106369
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ISBN: 9780643106376
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Contents

INTRODUCTION, CONCEPTS & CHALLENGES
1. Mining in ecological landscapes: concepts and challenges Mark Tibbett
2. Mined land reclamation in the Appalachian coalfields: a case for an ecosystem reclamation approach Jim Burger
3. Hidden costs of mining in ecologically sensitive areas Howard Smith

ENDEMISM IN IRONSTONE GEOSYSTEMS
4. Iron geosystems: priority areas for conservation in Brazil Claudia Jacobi et al.
5. Flora and vegetation surveys of the ironstone ranges of the Yilgarn Craton Neil Gibson et al.
6. Lessons drawn from iron ore mining in the Yilgarn region of Western AustraliaRob Howard

PROGRESS IN BAUXITE MINING
7. Mining and ecological restoration in the jarrah forest of Western Australia John Koch
8. Recovery of terrestrial orchids in natural ecosystems after severe disturbance M Collins & M Brundrett
9. The mining-restoration system and ecosystem development following bauxite mining in a biodiverse environment of the seasonally dry tropics, Northern Territory, Australia Alister Spain et al.

WAYS FORWARD
10. Key values of metallophytes for the minerals industry in Australasia Antony Van der Ent
11. A collaborative approach for mining, environment organisations and Traditional Owners to manage and conserve biodiversity in Australia’s Great Western Woodlands Alexander Watson et al.

Index

Authors

Professor Mark Tibbett is a plant and soil scientist with over 25 years’ experience in research and teaching. He specialises in element cycling and plant–microbe–soil interactions with particular interest in soil microbial ecology, mycorrhiza and the rhizosphere. Having completed postdoctoral, academic and industry appointments in the UK, he spent 10 years in Australia at CSIRO Land & Water and as the director of the Centre for Land Rehabilitation at the University of Western Australia. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scholarly articles, is the Co Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Soil Research as well as being an associate editor of the Australian Journal of Botany and Restoration Ecology. He was an instigator and remains a co-chair of the global ‘Mine Closure’ series of conferences. Having worked across the globe for governments, industry and the university sector he is currently Professor of Soil Ecology at the University of Reading, UK.

Contributors:
Mark Brundrett, School of Plant Biology, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Western Australia; James A Burger, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA; Margaret Collins, School of Earth and Geographical Sciences and School of Plant Biology, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Western Australia; Iara C de Campos, Departamento de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil; Flavio F do Carmo, Departamento de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil; Felipe F do Carmo, Departamento de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil; Neil Gibson, Science Division, Department of Environment and Conservation, WA; Dieter A Hinz, Ecological Restoration; Robert K Howard, Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd; Claudia M Jacobi, Departamento de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil; Simon Judd, School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University; John M Koch, Alcoa Australia Ltd; John A Ludwig, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences; Adrienne S Markey, Science Division, Department of Environment and Conservation, WA; Rachel Meissner, Science Division, Department of Environment and Conservation, WA; Wayne O’Sullivan, The Great Western Woodland Collaboration; Howard D Smith, Northern Land Council, Darwin; Alister V Spain, School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia; Wendy A Thompson, Science Division, Department of Environment and Conservation, WA; David J Tongway, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences; A van der Ent, Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland; Alexander WT Watson, School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University; James EM Watson, Global Conservation Programs, Wildlife Conservation Society, USA and The University of Queensland.