Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
KORUYAN, K et al. Remote sensing in management of mining land and proximate habitat. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2012, vol.112, n.7, pp. 667-672. ISSN 2411-9717.
Although remote sensing technology has been available for many years, it has rarely been used for monitoring mining activity. Recent studies indicate that remote sensing is also a valuable tool for managing and planning certain aspects of the mining operation. In this paper, we examine areal expansion of marble quarries and the affected vegetation over a period of 10 years in the Mugla region in Turkey, using geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) techniques. Images captured by ASTER Level 3A01 (3D Ortho Data Set), Landsat 5, and Landsat 7 satellites between 2001 and 2009 were used for the analysis. Changes in the natural vegetation as a function of the production level in the marble quarry were calculated using the normalized difference vegetation index. According to the study results, land cover and natural vegetation decreased by less than 3 per cent and 1 per cent respectively between 2001 and 2009, following an upsurge in mining activity in the region
Keywords : GIS; remote sensing; normalized difference vegetation index; marble quarry.