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Quarries: From Abandoned to Renewed Places

CERIS/Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Earth Sciences Department and GeoBiotec, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
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Land 2020, 9(5), 136;
Received: 18 March 2020 / Revised: 25 April 2020 / Accepted: 28 April 2020 / Published: 1 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Land Systems and Global Change)
Numerous industrial pits are discarded after their exploitation in every part of the world. Humanity both transforms the original morphology of the landscape, due to industrial activity in the territory, and, at the same time, rejects this "new" situation. This is to the detriment of the landscape, which is witness to this transfiguration, degradation, and abandonment. What is the future of these impersonal and empty areas? In this article, we present a general survey concerning the notion of quarry reuse to highlight the importance of this current and common problem. Our work approached the topic through a combination of the main concepts and a description of selected cases of study of quarry reconversions, sensitive to the environmental issues, climate changes, and sustainability. According to this premise, the research also provides an innovative matrix of schemes to classify the existing fundamental methods of recovery. For this effect, the investigation was proposed to be an instrument to improve the knowledge in the scientific and theoretical sectors, flanking the practical understanding, which has already started to move in this direction of reconversion, as the paper shows. View Full-Text
Keywords: quarry reuse; recovery; environmental control; biodiversity; geodiversity; sustainability quarry reuse; recovery; environmental control; biodiversity; geodiversity; sustainability
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Talento, K.; Amado, M.; Kullberg, J.C. Quarries: From Abandoned to Renewed Places. Land 2020, 9, 136.

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