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Half I Contextualizing panorama alteration via ancient, systemic, and biologic views -- half II Interdisciplinary responses and possibilities in reclamation -- half III know-how, illustration, and data in reclamation layout -- half IV destiny instructions and courses in US reclamation coverage and legislations

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A core principle of reclamation is that everything that happens to a given piece of ground becomes an inseparable part of what it can become in the future. Restoration, on the other hand, starts with the linked assumptions that it is both possible and desirable to reestablish some portion of the original ecological conditions of a site. People who advocate strict restoration face two very difficult questions: to what former time period should the site be restored? And how should one cope with the unpredictable environmental changes that impact the site?

Although much of the preceding discussion is based on my personal experience of working in cities, the underlying principles apply to other drastically disturbed sites, such as post-industrial and post-mining landscapes. In the latter case, all existing vegetation, as well as the topsoil, has been removed, to expose coal-rich seams or mineral-rich rock, which is extracted in its entirety. This net loss of structural material creates voids, or tailing ponds, which are often filled with waste rock and a highly acidic cocktail of minerals that can be toxic to both animals and plants.

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