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Soil Biota and Ecosystem Development in Post Mining Sites

  • Addresses restoration of post-mining sites, a major environmental issue today
  • Looks at the example of opencast mining, which is the most environmentally damaging form of mining
  • Examines how biota (plants, microorganisms, etc.) can accelerate the process of restoration

By: Jan Frouz(Editor)

306 pages, 83 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Nov 2013 | #218190 | ISBN-13: 9781466599314
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This book focuses on soil development in restoration of post-mining sites. In particular, the authors address the role of biota, including plants, microorganisms, invertebrates, and their various interactions during the process of soil formation. The book largely deals with sites created by open-cast mining, as this method represents a very destructive and, at the same time, intensively studied example of a mining operation. Soil Biota and Ecosystem Development in Post Mining Sites is a useful summary of recent knowledge for scholars dealing with ecosystem development after large disturbances as well as for practitioners dealing with reclamation and restoration of post-mining land.


- Geological Substrates and Heaping Process of Coal Mining Operations in the Sokolov Basin, Czech Republic: Implications for Reclamation and Soil Development, Petr Rojík
- Humus Accumulation and Humification during Soil Development in Post-Mining Soil, Evgenij Abakumov and Jan Frouz
- Vegetation Development in Central European Coal Mining Sites, Karel Prach
- Biological Soil Crusts in Post-Mining Areas, Alena Lukešová, Martina Zahradníková and Jan Frouz
- Soil Properties and Development of Humus Forms in Pine and Oak Stands of Reclaimed Post-mining Sites in Lusatia: Influence of Lignite from Overburden Sediments and Dust Immissions, Oliver Bens and Reinhard F. Hüttl
- Plant Production, Carbon Accumulation and Soil Chemistry at Post-Mining Sites, Jan Frouz, Petr Dvoršcík, Olga Vindušková and Emil Cienciala
- Soil Microflora Development in Post-mining Sites, Jan Frouz, Dana Elhottová, Petr Baldrián, Alice Chronáková, Alena Lukešová, Alena Nováková and Václav Krištufek
- Macrofungi in Post-mining Sites, Lucie Zíbarová and Anna Lepšová
- Interactions of Plants with Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi during Ecosystem Development at Post Mining Sites in the Most Coal Basin (Czech Republic), Jana Rydlová, David Püschel, Martina Janoušková and Miroslav Vosátka
- Recovery and Colonization at Post-mining Sites by the Soil Microfauna, L. Hánel, M. Devetter and S. Adl
- Soil Macro- and Mesofauna Succession in Post-mining Sites and Other Disturbed Areas, Jan Frouz, Václav Pižl, Karel Tajovský, Josef Starý, Michal Holec and Jan Materna
- The Role of Soil Macrofauna in Soil Formation and Carbon Storage in Post-mining Sites, Jan Frouz
- Soil Fauna Plant Interactions during Succession at Post-mining Sites, Roubícková, O. Mudrák and J. Frouz
- Soil Fauna and Soil Physical Properties, Jan Frouz and V. Kuráž
- Mining Land and Similar Habitats: A Barren Land or a New Wilderness in the Cultural Landscape? Tomáš Gremlica
- Soil Biota and Ecosystem Development in Post-Mining Sites - Conclusions and Practical Implications, Jan Frouz

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