Special Issue "Managing and Restoring of Degraded Land in Post-mining Areas"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Soil-Sediment-Water Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Oimahmad Rahmonov
Guest Editor
Faculty of Natural Sciences, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland
Interests: soil-vegetation; elemental flow and geochemical transformation in soil; disturbed ecosystems: functioning, transformation, land degradation, ecosystem services, vegetation differentiation, and soil development
Dr. Jacek Róźkowski
Guest Editor
Faculty of Natural Sciences, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland
Interests: geology; hydrogeology, hydrogeochemistry, mining hydrogeology, karst, hydrology; environmental protection, participation in projects: DEEPWATER-CE; boDEREC-CE
Dr. Grzegorz Kłys
Guest Editor
Institute of Biology, University of Opole, Oleska 22, 45-052 Opole, Poland
Interests: microclimatic conditions; artificial (adit) and natural underground systems; caves; underground living organisms; bio- and zoogeographic issues; Pamiro-Alaj (Tajikistan) ecosystems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The exploitation of mineral resources related to human mining activities often leads to the entire or partial disintegration of ecological systems in all climatic zones. This applies to both surface and underground mining. As a result of mining exploitation, the destruction of soil cover and vegetation prevents the use of land for agriculture as well as for communal functions (chemical contamination, lack of soil cover). Although post-industrial and post-mining areas are considered unsuitable from an agricultural point of view, they are valuable areas for selected economic and social functions, especially in highly urbanized regions.

The most visible natural consequences of opencast mining in the environment are large-scale excavations remaining after the exploitation of sand, gravel, limestone, lignite, and hard coal, whereas coal-mine spoil heaps are elements mainly related to underground mining. The development and restoration of ecological systems in degraded areas in various regions in post-mining areas depend on the ecological policies of local governments and their financial capabilities.

There are little information and research on the natural formation of ecosystems in areas degraded by exploitation. Often, initial ecological systems are formed in "formally" degraded areas, creating ecological niches, for example, for certain species characteristic of the retreating glacier zone. For this reason, the possibility of spontaneous succession should be taken into account when restoring the biological activity of such areas. Therefore, this Special Issue is devoted to research on spatial development and methods of reclamation and restoration of lands degraded by mining and the natural and environmental effects of degradation in various regions of the world. This Special Issue is interdisciplinary and focuses on topics and problems related to post-mining areas.

Topics and problems

  • biodiversity in the transformed land
  • reclamation and restoration, post-mining landscape
  • touristic and recreation use of degraded land
  • spontaneous succession of ecosystems on degraded land
  • soil features and processes
  • vegetation and succession on spoil-heap
  • fire and thermal processes in coal spoil heap
  • prevention and remediation of degraded soil
  • water reclamation of post-mining areas of opencast mines
  • reclamation of post-mining areas of opencast mines in the industrial direction
  • ecosystems service
  • nature protection on transformed land

Prof. Dr. Oimahmad Rahmonov
Dr. Jacek Róźkowski
Dr. Grzegorz Kłys
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • land use planning
  • derelict areas
  • brownfields
  • waste dump
  • post-industrial soils and areas
  • dumping site
  • coal-waste dumps
  • geohazards
  • soil pollutions
  • soil remediation
  • anthropogenic ecosystems
  • soil development
  • vegetation succession
  • forest reclamation
  • revalorisation
  • water reclamation
  • ecosystem formation
  • artificial underground systems
  • mining adit

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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