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Aesthetics for mine closure

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dc.contributor.author McKenna, G.
dc.contributor.author Scordo, E.
dc.contributor.author Shuttleworth, D.
dc.contributor.author Straker, J.
dc.contributor.author Purdy, B.
dc.contributor.author Buchko, J.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-30T18:58:49Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-30T18:58:49Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/42434
dc.description.abstract There have been several historic attempts to quantify the aesthetics of natural landscapes, and many mines around the world are building reclaimed landscapes with a focus on visual appeal and/or natural appearance. There have been arguments made that form and function are closely linked, and hence mining landscapes should be fashioned to look natural; to look as though they have been the product of geomorphic change similar to that experienced over thousands or millions of years by the surrounding natural landscape, while some argue that aesthetic reclamation should be done for purely aesthetic purposes. Still others argue that preserving some of the historic / industrial features of a mining landscape is an important way of connecting humans to the land and its history, and hence preservation of historical resources can be an important element of mine reclamation. Our paper explores the interaction of these various concepts, ideas, and philosophies, and presents examples of bringing aesthetic considerations into landform design for mine closure. It offers qualitative and semiquantitative measures to design, construct, and evaluate aesthetics and natural appearance in mine closure, and offers a scorecard that may form a starting point for constructive dialogue. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Mine Closure Conference 2011 en_US
dc.title Aesthetics for mine closure en_US
dc.type text en_US
dc.type.text conference Paper en_US
dc.description.affiliation Applied Science, Faculty of en_US
dc.description.affiliation Non UBC en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Unreviewed en_US
dc.rights.copyright Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Other en_US

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