Role of soil health in maintaining environmental sustainability of surface coal mining.

  title={Role of soil health in maintaining environmental sustainability of surface coal mining.},
  author={Peter M Acton and J. F. Fox and J Elliott Campbell and Alice Jones and Harold D. Rowe and Darren Martin and Sebastian Bryson},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  volume={45 23},
Mountaintop coal mining (MCM) in the Southern Appalachian forest region greatly impacts both soil and aquatic ecosystems. Policy and practice currently in place emphasize water quality and soil stability but do not consider upland soil health. Here we report soil organic carbon (SOC) measurements and other soil quality indicators for reclaimed soils in the Southern Appalachian forest region to quantify the health of the soil ecosystem. The SOC sequestration rate of the MCM soils was 1.3 MgC ha… CONTINUE READING

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