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Laurentian's mining environment database : the process of building a research literature database and an invitation to enrich the existing collection Kelly, Glen J.
Laurentian University Library, with financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, through the Environmental Youth Corps, and the Mine Environment Neutral Drainage (MEND) programs has developed an on-line Mining Environment Database. The database provides references and abstracts to journal articles, books and government reports dealing with land reclamation and abandoned mines. The database, created in 1988, now contains over 4,000 citations on reclamation planning, design and costs; tailings; heavy metals; disposal of hazardous wastes, including acid mine drainage, sulphide-based tailings and asbestos particles; leaching; radioactive hazards of uranium tailings; soil and water contamination; soil stabilization; liming; fertilizers; seeding techniques; mine closure techniques and other related topics. Subject coverage is international in scope, focusing on areas of hard rock mining. Laurentian has purchased or obtained copies of all the materials cited in the database. Access to the on-line database is free of charge, with the exception of long distance costs and copy, delivery or fax charges for requested material. Suggestions for materials not found in the database and donations of pertinent research information from individuals, corporations, institutions, and government departments are welcomed. Private consulting reports (with the appropriate client approval) are especially welcomed, because this category of research literature cannot be purchased or obtained using normal methods. The process of building a comprehensive research database requires a continuing partnership of information specialists and research users to develop a world class research literature database on mining environment and reclamation.
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