Dung Beetles: Lending A Hand In Mine Rehabilitation
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Jessica graduated from the University of Pretoria in Gauteng, South Africa, with a Masters degree in Entomology. She is currently working as an environmental scientist at Jones & Wagener (Pty) Ltd.

                       

Dung Beetles: Lending A Hand In Mine Rehabilitation

Opencast mines in South Africa are usually rehabilitated using soil that was stripped from the land prior to mining and stockpiled until it is needed for rehabilitation purposes. The soil is stockpiled for long periods during which essential nutrients required for productive plant growth are lost. When the soil is returned for rehabilitation purposes, heavy vehicles transporting and placing the soil increase the soil compaction to such a degree that water runs off the surface at high velocities, leading to...

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