Classifying Mine-disturbed Soils in Australia

Dr. Tom Ammons of UT's Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Department was recently appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow in the EIGG department of Applied Geology of the Curtin University of Technology, in Perth, Western Australia. As part of that appointment, he is studying disturbed soil and soil taxonomy for soils impacted by mining in Victoria and Western Australia. Various mining operation sites are involved, including gold and base metal mining.

Dr. Ammons' primary research focus during this trip is to gather data to aid in the further development of a new order in the soil classification system. The proposed soil order will provide a mechanism for the taxonomic description of disturbed soils, such as those that exist near mining operations. Information on this and other research activities of Dr. Ammons' research group is available at:

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