Title

Exploring abandoned mines through a public lens

Author Identifier

Eddie van Etten

ORCID : 0000-0002-7311-1794

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Title

Mine Closure 2021: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Mine Closure

Volume

2021-August

Publisher

Qualified Mining Consultants LLC

School

School of Science

RAS ID

37031

Comments

Ashby, A. D., & van Etten, E. J. B. (2021, August). Exploring abandoned mines through a public lens [Paper presentation]. Mine Closure 2021: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Mine Closure, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. https://doi.org/10.36487/ACG_repo/2152_46

Abstract

Research suggests that there are potentially millions of abandoned mines around the globe. As such, it is highly probable that these operations have the potential of resulting in a magnitude of social and environmental issues. However, there is limited literature on their social impacts specifically to a local community. To explore this issue, we investigated four case studies through a literature review using a wide range of white, grey and peer-reviewed literature. We examined case studies in Australia, China, Europe, and the USA. From this preliminary review, we determined that all have a significant number of abandoned mines. We examined these Case Studies as their respective economies rely heavily on the mining industry. The terminology ''abandoned mines'' is often ambiguous and potentially not well understood. Our research shines the spotlight on the problem and examines novel solutions to manage issues associated with abandoned mines. We also examine the closure requirements for abandoned mines in a broad setting, and how these operations can be successfully monitored using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Accordingly, our aim was to explore a wide range of jurisdictions and determine how local communities are affected by abandoned mine, and where UAVs technologies are commonly utilised.

DOI

10.36487/ACG_repo/2152_46

Access Rights

free_to_read

Research Themes

Natural and Built Environments

Priority Areas

Sustainability of energy, water, materials and resources

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