Approaches for creating sustainable biomass production in a reclaimed fen in the Alberta oil sands region, Canada
Oil sands surface mining in the boreal region of Alberta, Canada alters the natural hydrologic processes, vegetation, and geochemistry of affected ecosystems. Peat accumulating bogs and fens cover approximately 30% of the oil sands region and function as long-term carbon sinks. The government of Alberta has legislated that disturbed areas be reclaimed to "equivalent land capacity." However, no guidelines exist for reclaiming peatlands in post-mined landscapes. A pilot fen was constructed on Suncor's Millennium oil sands mine in 2013 and I analyzed the effects on annual biomass growth by introducing ...
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