We examine the general topic of the biogeochemical cycling of trace elements and trace-element environmental concerns in surface coal-mine land reclamation1. Emphasis is placed on research trends and results from the arid and semi-arid regions of North America. We discuss the importance of conducting pre- and post-mining trace element inventories that both anticipate potential reclamation problems and help define possible long-term ‘ecosystem’ stability. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the source, release and transport mechanisms, and fate of trace elements under various reclamation environments and how this relates to sustainable plant establishment and animal risk factors.
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- Mine-Land Reclamation: The Fate of Trace Elements in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas
L. P. Gough
R. C. Severson
- Springer Netherlands
- Chapter 14