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Wetland riparian vegetation structure of natural wetlands as guidelines to dredge pond rehabilitation, south-western Australia

Silica sand mining by Kemerton Silica Sand Pty Ltd. in the Kemerton region in Australia’s south-west, is followed by rehabilitation of mined lands into conservation areas after ore extraction is complete. Successful rehabilitation to a natural structure is involving first studies into what type of wetland (like the wetland riparian vegetation structure) is typical of the area and hence, acceptable as a rehabilitation outcome. Studies are focussing on both understanding natural wetland structure, the dynamics and environmental drivers, as well as understanding how rehabilitation efforts are achieving desirable rehabilitation outcomes.


Researchers

Dr Eddie van Etten
Dr Clint McCullough
Associate Professor Mark Lund
Kemerton Silica Sand Pty Ltd., Mr Mark Gell

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