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Technology News 393 - abandoned mine lands program TN #7: annotated bibliography on soil characterization and soil amendment use on coal surface mine lands.

Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, TN 393, 1991 Oct; :1-2
Objective: Produce an. annotated bibliography to serve as a comprehensive source of published information available on the use of soil amendments in coal mine reclamation and the characterization of coal mine soils. The Problem: There is a substantial amount of information available on coal mine reclamation and revegetation, particularly on the use of soil amendments to ameliorate site conditions and aid vegetation establisbn1ent, growth development, and productivity. Additionally, site characterizations based on chemical, physical, and mineralogical properties have been thoroughly researched. This information, however, is widely disseminated throughout various professional and scientific journals, State and Federal documents, proceedings of conferences, theses, and other technical writings. A critical need exists for a comprehensive and up-to-date summary of published information concerning the uses, methodologies, and types of soil amendments that are necessary for reclamation success. Approach: To fill this information need, the Bureau of Mines compiled a base of approximately 1,600 popular and scientific papers and books published between 1977 and 1988.dealing with the subjects of soil amendment technology and soil characterization of mined lands. Additionally, approximately 300 relevant non-coal related articles were included on the basis of their technical content. All published information was read and evaluated on the basis of soil characterization or soil amendment technology. The studies and articles reviewed and annotated concern soil amendments, mine soil characterization techniques, Federal, State, and local policies, short- and long-term additive impacts, and the techniques of applying soil amendments. Those articles selected for inclusion were given an evaluation rating based on preestablished keywords or phrases. Each article reviewed was evaluated using eight broad categorical phrases: (1) coal region, (2) intended or current land use, (3) regulatory policy, (4) soil characterization, (5) soil amendments, (6) economic considerations, (7) short-and long-tem additive impacts, and (8) techniques for application and/or rates of application. Of the phrases listed, the first was used to define the coal region where the research was conducted. The remaining seven categories contained the keywords used to evaluate each article. A total of 24 keywords were developed. Each article was rated based on the subject matter and keyword evaluation. Annotated Bibliography: A total of 1,280 references were evaluated and all are annotated in the bibliography. Most of the references date from 1977 to 1988, with a majority of those dating from 1984 to 1988. The keywords and regional designations are used in Appendix A to evaluate and identify eachattic1e so that the researcher can select the articles of particular interest. Keywords were chosen to deal with all aspects of soil characterization and soil amendment use to allow the reader to obtain information on particular aspects of soil amendment use and soil characterization of coal surface mined lands. Once familiar with the keyword, coal region, and evaluation criteria definitions, the reader can select those articles of interest by using the table in Appendix A to locate article reference numbers (1 through 1.280). The reader can then turn to the numbered annotated bibliographic listing in Appendix B for more information. The reference article can be obtained or rejected based on the annotation. Appendix C is a complete index of all authors listed in the bibliography.
Surface-mining; Land-use; Natural-resources; Soil-chemical-properties; Soil-physical-properties; Reforestation; Wildlife; Biological-effects; Mineralogy; Revegetation; Regulations; Performance-standards; Information-dissemination; Land-reclamation; Coal-mining; Abandoned-sites; Soil-amendments; Soil-analysis; Bibliographies
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Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, TN 393
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