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Environmentally Friendly Rock Mining—Case Study of the Limestone Mine “Górażdże”, Poland

Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego 27, 50-365 Wrocław, Poland
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(24), 5512;
Received: 21 October 2019 / Revised: 9 December 2019 / Accepted: 12 December 2019 / Published: 14 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Sciences)
Mining activities affect the environment, while proper reclamation and management of areas transformed by these activities can bring about new, and often much better changes in the landscape. This paper presents the project of the reclamation of the limestone mine “Górażdże” and attempts to extend the directions of reclamation of degraded areas left after extracting activities. The aim of this extension is to present reclamation, which can be an environmentally friendly proposal and therefore positively received by the local community. It was proposed to successively enrich the forest and aquatic reclamation directions by adding a natural one. The selection of optimal solutions was based on rational and the most appropriate criteria, such as taking into account, first of all, the existing natural properties in the area of the quarry under analysis and also the possibility of their future protection. On the other hand, due to the social and economic aspects supported by the natural potential, it was proposed to introduce a recreational and tourist direction, which will not interfere with the current forestry and proposed natural development direction. Finally, after the cessation of mining activity in the mining area, it is suggested to create a geopark and to activate geotourism. The proposed solution may significantly affect the social and economic development, while at the same time maintain the valuable natural environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: reclamation; development; revitalization; rock mining reclamation; development; revitalization; rock mining
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Kaźmierczak, U.; Strzałkowski, P. Environmentally Friendly Rock Mining—Case Study of the Limestone Mine “Górażdże”, Poland. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 5512.

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Kaźmierczak U, Strzałkowski P. Environmentally Friendly Rock Mining—Case Study of the Limestone Mine “Górażdże”, Poland. Applied Sciences. 2019; 9(24):5512.

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Kaźmierczak, Urszula, and Paweł Strzałkowski. 2019. "Environmentally Friendly Rock Mining—Case Study of the Limestone Mine “Górażdże”, Poland" Applied Sciences 9, no. 24: 5512.

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