British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium

Nitrogen : the critical element and its assessment in mine reclamation Rowell, Michael J.


The long term objectives of mine reclamation may differ from the initial requirements where site stability and soil erosion are generally key considerations. The overall goal is to create a stable self sustaining vegetative cover that is in harmony with surrounding undisturbed areas. Consequently, in terms of soil physical and chemical needs, the methods used to reach long and short term objectives may differ widely. However, despite this conflict, the assessment of soils and their subsequent treatment are not necessarily incompatible....Nitrogen is invariably the main nutrient limitation to plant growth.

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