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Soil and vegetation change on a coal mine 15 years after reclamation in the aspen parkland of Alberta

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dc.contributor.author Stanton-Kennedy, Tremayne
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-13T19:59:25Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-13T19:59:25Z
dc.date.copyright 2008-04
dc.date.created 2008-04-21
dc.date.issued 2009-02-13T19:59:25Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/1890
dc.description.abstract To evaluate the outcomes of reclamation design, soil and plant community changes on an unmanaged, 15-year-old certified-reclaimed site were analysed and compared with an undisturbed reference location. Patterns were analysed using MRPP while change was measured with rmANOVA. Plant species were poor predictors of selected soil properties. Percent soil organic carbon increased (p = 0.032), while soil pH did not change. Overall plant community composition did not change in proportion of cover between a priori groups of seeded/unseeded species or between native/introduced species. Individual species did vary in amount of cover change between 1993 and 2007. A linear regression of richness versus area covered by native species determined that the Shannon index is not a suitable measurement for monitoring plant community change towards the reference ecosystem. These findings highlight the importance of initial design, and the potential additive role of landscape architects as part of reclamation planning. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject landscape analysis en_US
dc.subject landscape management en_US
dc.subject native plants en_US
dc.subject reclamation en_US
dc.subject soil development en_US
dc.subject vegetation dynamics en_US
dc.subject succession en_US
dc.subject plant-soil interaction en_US
dc.title Soil and vegetation change on a coal mine 15 years after reclamation in the aspen parkland of Alberta en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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