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Irrigation for Reclamation of Strip Mined Lands.
Sherman RM; Kinkead JA; Campbell GJ; Alder GM
NTIS: PB/82-163395 :129 pages
Investigation of mine land characteristics, evaluation of irrigation systems, and evaluations by the mining industry determined that irrigation is a feasible method for aiding revegetation of coal mined lands in western arid and semiarid regions. The various regions studied displayed a commonality of characteristics that enables the recommendation of solid-set irrigation. Irrigation should be supplemental by complementing natural precipitation and should be implemented on a temporary basis. For germination, the vegetation requires application of small amounts of water in a gentle, frequent, and timely manner. For the establishment phase of growth, moisture should be applied and stored in the soil previous to germination through preirrigation. The nature of strip mining operations dictates a need for irrigation systems that are physically and operationally flexible, portable, and low in operation requirement. Portable solid-set sprinkler irrigation was identified as a feasible system to meet these requirements.
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Sherman and Sullivan
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