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Aerial Survey Techniques for Locating Abandoned Strip Mine Land1


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  1. Vol. 9 No. 4, p. 606-610
    Received: Aug 20, 1979

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  1. L. E. Dattavio,
  2. R. P. Mroczynski and
  3. R. A. Weismiller2



The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act requires that states develop regulatory programs and reclamation plans for surface mining activities. Prior to passage of this law, the Indiana legislature required Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to survey abandoned mine lands not under the control of state reclamation laws. IDNR then contracted the Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing (LARS) at Purdue University to conduct a preliminary survey of these lands. Photointerpretation techniques of medium scale color infrared photography enabled the LARS staff to identify partially reclaimed and nonreclaimed sites within a 20-county area in southwestern Indiana. Over 4,700 ha of abandoned lands were located and classified on the aerial photography. This information is currently being used by IDNR to develop reclamation plans to revegetate the abandoned lands. The results of this survey clearly indicate that photointerpretation is an effective technique to complete initial inventories of nonreclaimed mine lands.

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