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Title: Northeastern British Columbia - preplanning and reclamation of exploration activities
Author: Shields, Roger E; Johnson, David G. S.
Issue Date: 1981
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2009-12-22
Series/Report no. British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium 1981
Abstract: The prime areas for coal exploration are usually alpine or subalpine environments, although some potential mine areas and access are in boreal, coniferous forests. To minimize environmental damage, preplanning of access and exploration investigations is a requirement. Road locations are initially located using air photographs, topographic maps and geologic maps. Potential problem areas are delineated and sources for road fill determined. In the field the planned road location is traversed and on site changes made. During road construction a concurrent reclamation program is maintained. Once a preferred adit location is determined, access and exact seam location must be defined. Rotary drilling and geologic mapping along access trails aid in the seam definition. Use of existing access minimizes new environmental damage. Using a small backhoe can aid in seam exposure while lessening surface disturbance. Following completion of the exploration program, all disturbed areas are reclaimed and access closed.
Affiliation: Applied Science, Faculty of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/17037

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