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ArticleName Results of remote sensing of mining and vegetation eco-system generation at Erkovets open pit mine in the Amur Region
DOI 10.17580/gzh.2017.08.15
ArticleAuthor Zenkov I. V., Nefedov B. N., Yuronen Yu. P., Nefedov N. B.

Reshetnev Siberian State University of Science and Technology , Krasnoyarsk, Russia:

I. V. Zenkov, Professor, Doctor of Engineering Sciences,

Yu. P. Yuronen, Associate Professor, Candidate of Engineering Sciences


Berdsk Branch of Institute of Computing Technologies of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Berdsk, Russia:
B. N. Nefedov, Director, Candidate of Engineering Sciences

Institute of Computing Technologies of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, Novosibirsk, Russia:
N. B. Nefedov, Post-Graduate Student


In recent years, Russia and other countries develop researches using remote Earth sensing (RES). The current state of operations at Erkovets open pit mine in Erkovets lignite field (Amur Region, Russia) is analyzed. Using the high-resolution satellite images, the mining system design parameters are determined, and the long-term monitoring of the vegetation eco-system generation in the mined-out part of the field is carried out with the help of RES resources in free access. The application of the orbital survey data is demonstrated in handling such mining problems as studying technological parameters of open pit coal mining systems based on the actual state of an open pit mine. According to the authors’ estimates, the self-recovery of the vegetation eco-system in the area of the mining landscape at Erkovets open pit lignite mine under natural conditions of the Russian Far East proceeds at the ecologically acceptable rates. In 2016 the vegetation eco-system recovery coefficient in the mining landscape area made 0.54 without special reclamation of the mining-disturbed land, which means that more than 50% of the disturbed land is covered with the vegetable blanket.

keywords Remote Earth sensing, open pit mining, Amur Region, Erkovets lignite deposit, long-term satellite monitoring, overburden dumps, vegetation eco-systems

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