Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

IMWA

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Natural Sciences/Mine Water and Environment Research Centre

RAS ID

18421

Comments

This article was originally published as: Lund, M. A., & Blanchette, M. L. (2014). Are we approaching pit lake closure from the wrong perspective?. Proceedings of International Mine Water Association Symposium. (pp. 720-724). Xuzhou, China. IMWA. Original article available here

Abstract

Pit lakes are similar to natural lakes formed by faulting, glacial action, volcanic action and asteroid collisions. These natural lakes have, after thousands of years, developed into environmentally significant ecosystems. As artificial constructs, pit lakes can be modified prior to filling to enhance lake attributes, such as modification of catchment size, creation of littoral zones and addition of organic matter. Significant advances could be made in successful closure and relinquishment of pit lakes, by 1) choosing appropriate model lakes, 2) understanding successional processes, 3) designing pit lakes to enhance ecological values, and 4) recognizing that it will take time to develop desired characteristics.

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