Ecological Aspects of Land Reclamation Practice
Types of damaged land. Philosophies of reclamation. Land use planning in reclamation. Factors limiting plant growth. Soil amelioration versus tolerant plant introduction. Species selection and the rebuilding of a biocoenose. Soil fauna and microbiota of reclaimed land. The use of chemical analysis and bioassay in planning reclamation techniques. The reconstructed ecosystem and its aftercare. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Five hours of lectures/seminars/laboratory work/field trips per week.