Assessing the legacy of the pine point mine: post-industrial land cover and land use

LeClerc, Emma (2015) Assessing the legacy of the pine point mine: post-industrial land cover and land use. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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While mining is a major component of the northern Canadian economy, including the contemporary mixed economy of Aboriginal communities, it often leaves legacies of environmental and economic transformation that persist after closure. The legacies of historical mines in northern Canada challenge industry claims of sustainability. This thesis addresses how industrial mineral development and closure continue to affect local environments and economies after abandonment. The abandoned Pine Point mine in the Northwest Territories provides a case study for explaining the ongoing relationships among land cover, land use, and the post-industrial landscape. Drawing from landscape ecology and micropolitical ecology, I adopt an interdisciplinary approach to examine environmental and socioeconomic changes in the wake of industrial development and closure at Pine Point. The results show that passive reclamation is not sufficient for restoring ecological function in a subarctic environment. Land use, however, persists as land users adapt to the post-industrial landscape despite grave concern about its environmental condition. If mining is to be considered sustainable, decommissioning and reclamation must explicitly account for long-term environmental transformation as well as ongoing post-industrial land use, particularly in Aboriginal contexts.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 11747
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Keywords: abandoned mines, land cover change, remote sensing, landscape metrics, post-industrial land use, post-industrial landscape, Aboriginal mixed economy
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Geography
Date: December 2015
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Northwest Territories
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Mineral industries--Environmental aspects; Abandoned mines--Environmental aspects--Northwest Territories; Abandoned mined lands reclamation--Northwest Territories; Landscape ecology--Northwest Territories

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