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9. Mine-Related Anthropogenic Soils

Author : Jeffrey Howard

Published in: Anthropogenic Soils

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Mine-related anthropogenic soils are primarily associated with modern landscapes created by the surface mining of coal. They are classified as Spolic Technosols having been formed in HTM containing technogenic artifacts in the form of mine spoil. Mine spoils are comprised of sedimentary rock fragments that have been fractured and rapidly exposed by blasting and excavation. Spoils are composed predominantly of coarse fragments, and are characterized by unusually large voids not seen in natural soils. Some mine spoils contain significant amounts (30–60%) of fine earth fraction soil-sized depending on blasting intensity.

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Metadata
Title
Mine-Related Anthropogenic Soils
Author
Jeffrey Howard
Copyright Year
2017
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54331-4_9