Sustainable Mining Through Geomorphic Rehabilitation Seminar, Nov. 24

November 16th, 2017

Associate Professor José F. Martin Duque of the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, will be presenting a free seminar entitled “Sustainable Mining through Geomorphic Rehabilitation Examples from the European Union and South America” on Friday, November 24, at the University of Newcastle in Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia.  The seminar will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the Hunter Building, Room HB15, at the University’s Callaghan Campus.

Carlson Natural Regrade in Australia

Here is Rod Eckels (left), principal of Landforma, Carlson Natural Regrade reseller in Sydney, Australia, and (right) Jose Martin Duque.

Martin Duque is a leading expert in Geomorphic Rehabilitation design using different dedicated methods and software, including Carlson Natural Regrade with GeoFluv™, a Carlson software product developed for the reclamation of disturbed land that is used extensively at mine sites around the world.  Carlson Natural Regrade enables designers to make a functional rehabilitation drainage network and associated uplands similar to that which had developed naturally at the site over time.

In addition to being an Associate Professor at the Complutense University, Martin Duque was a member of the editorial board of the Environmental Management Journal from 2004 to 2011 and has led geomorphic rehabilitation designs and construction at 10 mine sites in Spain. He has also led large international projects on the same topic in Colombia and Australia and has lectured about this subject in Israel, Chile, and Germany.

Martin Duque notes that while mining is necessary for maintaining society’s current lifestyle, it can also be detrimental to public health and safety and may cause damage to the environment both on-site and off-site due to mining-related removal of soils and vegetation.

“The generation of solid and liquid wastes and the discharge of these wastes onto land and into waterways are arguably the greatest impacts on the environment associated with mining,” says the Abstract on his seminar.

He will present the thesis that it is very difficult to be sustainable if the mine rehabilitation process does not properly consider landform design and modeling to reach functional stability and will discuss designing and building these stable functional landforms through landscape design and reconstruction called Geomorphic Rehabilitation.

The presentation will be illustrated with examples from the European Union, where this technique is already considered “Best Available Technique for the Management of Waste from the Extractive Industries,” and from South America.


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