Yekaterina Gudkova

Soil Cover Systems Help to Grow Native Species on a Waste Rock Pile

Mining operations lead to considerable land disturbance and the accumulation of large amounts of by-products such as waste rock and tailings. Open storage of waste rock on the ground surface is associated with a number of negative environmental impacts because waste rock often contains contaminants such as radioactive material, heavy metals, etc. The main impacts are physical and chemical weathering of contaminants from waste rock by wind and water, which […]

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Being Water-Wise Under Unpredictable Climate

Water management is an important aspect in the design of a sustainable garden. Landscaping, which takes a water flow pattern on a property into account allows to not only prevent or considerably diminish consequences of floods or droughts but also to save money and precious water resources spent on irrigation. Minimizing consequences of the above mentioned extreme events is especially important now when floods or droughts are happening more often […]

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A Sustainable Alternative to Conventional Tillage

Soil has been described as “the fragile, living skin of the Earth” and yet its’ fragility has often been ignored in the continuous use of tillage techniques in modern agriculture. Tilling is the process of preparing land for growing crops by mechanically modifying soil structure. Other names for tilling include digging, plowing, cultivation, etc. This technique was adopted by farmers 10,000 years ago for a number of reasons. However, years […]

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