Soil Rehabilitation

Authored by: David Jasper

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120001756

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Abstract

Measuring soil parameters to use as indicators of ecosystem sustainability or to define soil quality is an increasingly common theme in land management. These are equally applicable for rehabilitation of soils disturbed during mining, where reestablishment of a sustainable ecosystem requires vegetative diversity and productivity that are appropriate for the desired end use. Plant productivity, which is a key driver of many processes in a sustainable ecosystem, directly reflects the soil conditions that have been created. Therefore constructing an appropriate soil environment is a crucial first step in rehabilitation.

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