A method for establishing base-line soil loss rates on surface mine sites

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Title:
A method for establishing base-line soil loss rates on surface mine sites
Author:
Flack, Paul E., 1960-
Issue Date:
1989
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Surface mining operations require a comparison of post-mining erosion rates with pre-mining soil loss to ascertain if remedial measures are needed. In this study the Universal Soil-Loss Equation (USLE) was modified to reflect conditions of western rangelands to develop a procedure for estimating pre-mining soil loss rates. The modification used back-calculation for the C-Factor and an adjusted R-Factor based on storm size. Soil loss simulation based on stochastic precipitation patterns is appropriate to the site--the La Plata mine area in northern New Mexico--and increases the flexibility of the USLE as a soil loss predictor for western rangelands.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Universal soil loss equation.; Soil erosion -- Simulation methods.; Strip mining -- New Mexico -- Farmington Region.; Coal mines and mining -- Environmental aspects -- New Mexico -- Farmington Region.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Renewable Natural Resources
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Thames, John

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleA method for establishing base-line soil loss rates on surface mine sitesen_US
dc.creatorFlack, Paul E., 1960-en_US
dc.contributor.authorFlack, Paul E., 1960-en_US
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractSurface mining operations require a comparison of post-mining erosion rates with pre-mining soil loss to ascertain if remedial measures are needed. In this study the Universal Soil-Loss Equation (USLE) was modified to reflect conditions of western rangelands to develop a procedure for estimating pre-mining soil loss rates. The modification used back-calculation for the C-Factor and an adjusted R-Factor based on storm size. Soil loss simulation based on stochastic precipitation patterns is appropriate to the site--the La Plata mine area in northern New Mexico--and increases the flexibility of the USLE as a soil loss predictor for western rangelands.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectUniversal soil loss equation.en_US
dc.subjectSoil erosion -- Simulation methods.en_US
dc.subjectStrip mining -- New Mexico -- Farmington Region.en_US
dc.subjectCoal mines and mining -- Environmental aspects -- New Mexico -- Farmington Region.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineRenewable Natural Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorThames, Johnen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1336682en_US
dc.identifier.oclc23157345en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b17583433en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b17583408en_US
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