Gravel extraction
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Gravel extraction

Published 21.10.2012. [16:42]

In-stream gravel mining is a practice that has been found to have extreme impacts, not only to riverine ecosystems, but also to areas the size of entire watersheds and larger. This practice commonly sees the complete removal of the river geometry and associated habitat from bank to bank.

The practice has been known to be very damaging for nearly a century in other parts of the world and is increasingly being banned entirely. The extensive damage to the ecosystem that is caused by this type gravel mining is not easily repaired, either by nature or by man’s efforts. The damages therefore persist for decades or longer.

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