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Sand Mining: Environmental Impacts and Selected Case Studies

  • Unique book focused on environmental aspects of sand mining
  • Contains both theory about causes and consequences of sand mining as well as practical case study examples
  • Details case studies in India which are relevant for any river system draining densely populated coasts

Series: Environmental Science and Engineering (Springer)

By: Damodharan Padmalal(Author), K Maya(Author)

184 pages, 48 colour & 20 b/w illustrations, 16 tables


Hardback | Jun 2014 | #218186 | ISBN-13: 9789401791434
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About this book

Sand Mining addresses most of the environmental impacts of sand mining from small rivers. The problems and solutions addressed in Sand Mining are applicable to all rivers that drain through densely populated tropical coasts undergoing rapid economic growth. Many rivers in the world are drastically being altered to levels often beyond their natural resilience capability. Among the different types of human interventions, mining of sand and gravel is the most disastrous one, as the activity threatens the very existence of river ecosystem. A better understanding of sand budget is necessary if the problems of river and coastal environments are to be solved.


- Introduction
- Rivers - Structure and Functions
- River Sand Mining and Mining Methods
- Impacts of River Sand Mining
- Sand Mining -The World Scenario
- Environmental Case Studies from SW India
- EIA of River Sand Mining
- Mining Strategies and Management
- River Sand Auditing - An Example from SW India
- Sand - The Fine Aggregate
- Sources of Sand and Conservation

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Dr. D. Padmalal is a research scientist at the Centre for Earth Science Studies (Trivandrum, Kerala, India). He is an expert in Quaternary Geology and Environmental Geology and has been studying sand mining and related environmental problems for almost 20 years.

Dr. K. Maya is a research scientist at the Centre for Earth Science Studies (Trivandrum, Kerala, India). She is an expert in River Basin Studies and River Management & Restoration. She has been working in these fields for almost 15 years.

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