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Mining in Ecologically Sensitive Landscapes

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

By: Mark Tibbett(Editor)


Hardback | Jun 2015 | #223209 | ISBN-13: 9780643106352
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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.

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.

Mining in Ecologically Sensitive Landscapes 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.


1. Mining in ecological landscapes: concepts and challenges Mark Tibbett
2. Mined land reclamation in the eastern USA coalfields: A case for an ecosystem reclamation approach Jim Burger
3. Hidden costs of mining in ecologically sensitive areas Howard Smith

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. Mining in sensitive environments – Lessons drawn from iron ore mining in the Yilgarn region of Western Australia Rob Howard

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.

10. Key values of metallophytes for the minerals industry in Australasia Antony Van der Ent
11. Away from Conflict: A new paradigm for industry, regional communities, environmental organisations and Traditional Owners to look after the Great Western Woodlands Alexander Watson et al.


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Mark Tibbett is a plant and soil scientist with over 20 years’ experience in research and teaching. He has worked for CSIRO as well as the university sector in the UK and 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.

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