To Beijing and back: A midwestern's view of Chinese mine reclamation

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Abstract

Dr. Zhenqi Hu of the China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, organized the 2010 "International Symposium on Low-Carbon Development and Land Reclamation Policy." The meeting was from November 20-21 in Beijing, and I was invited to present a paper at the symposium by Professor Hu. In addition, he invited me to give lectures on reclamation at his university. I also gave a lecture at Shandong Agricultural University at Tai'An, which is south of Beijing about 260 miles. I stayed in China long enough to visit mine sites near Jining and cultural venues in Beijing and near Jining, including Confucius' compound. This presentation recounts my experience visiting China and includes my observations on the similarities and differences in the American (Illinois) and Chinese approach, attitudes, and techniques in regard to mine reclamation. My presentations in China included a recap of the impact of longwall mine subsidence in Illinois. This is a still-controversial mining technique despite a near decade of research into its agricultural impacts. I also spoke on surface mine reclamation in Illinois, where many of the mines are on Prime Farmland and reclamation is held to a high crop productivity standard. The coal industry is very active in China, and their need for good reclamation is acute given their vast population and high density.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication28th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation 2011
PublisherAmerican Society of Mining and Reclamation
Pages153-165
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781618393463
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event28th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation 2011, ASMR 2011 - Bismarck, ND, United States
Duration: Jun 11 2011Nov 16 2011

Publication series

Name28th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation 2011

Conference

Conference28th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation 2011, ASMR 2011
CountryUnited States
CityBismarck, ND
Period6/11/1111/16/11

Keywords

  • Longwall mine subsidence
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Surface mine reclamation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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