An estimated 500,000 mines dot the US landscape, most of them abandoned. Indian statistics are equally bad, if you also include the quarries etc. Symbols of our incessant hunger for consumption, these abandoned mines are not just an ugly eyesore but continue to pose significant hazard to communities around them: physical hazards due to accidents and environmental hazards because of the leaching of contaminants into ground water.
Although most mine owners do not care about the abandoned mines, a few want to do the right thing by restoring these mines back to nature. It’s, however, easier said than done. Mountainous chunks of earth have been gouged out. All of it cannot be replaced. Then how is it done? How is the site restored to nature? How is biodiversity ensured?
Although this is not classic CleanTech, it provides an important backdrop to the need for CleanTech. Besides there’s a science behind restoration. To tell us all about this, Mr. Kaustubh Moghe, a Conservation Biologist and a professional mine restorer will talk to us on July 31st at 11:00 am at the NCL Venture Center.
Be there!! We don’t know where dead people go, but this is a rare chance to learn where the dead mines go!