Revegetation of Pb/Zn mine tailings, Guangdong Province, China

Z. H. YE, J. W. C. WONG, Ming Hung WONG, A. J. M. BAKER, W. S. SHU, C. Y. LAN

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The Lechang lead/zinc mine is located in the north part of Guangdong Province, southern China. The tailings residue from the extraction of lead/zinc ores was permanently stored in tailings ponds, which required revegetation to reduce the environmental impact. A field study was, therefore, conducted to evaluate the effects of different ameliorants, including: (1) pig manure (PM); (2) mushroom compost (MC); (3) burnt coal residue (BC); (4) fly ash (FA); and (5) surface soil on the growth of Agropyron elongatum (tall wheat grass), Cynodon dactylon (Bermuda grass), Lolium multiflorum (Italian ryegrass), and Trifolium repens (clover) in the tailings residue. The results from the core profiles indicated that adding FA (10 cm) or BC (15 cm) as a barrier layer between the cover soil and the tailings could increase pH, compared to the treatment with soil only. C. dactylon grew well and had a high cover (90-100%) in all the treatment plots except the control plots without any amendment. A. elongatum and L. multiflorum had a higher cover when grown in plots covered with a barrier layer using FA or BC (both with surface soil); than those grown in plots covered with surface soil only. Treatment plots receiving a thicker soil cover (30 cm) had a better dry weight yield than those with a thinner soil cover (15 cm), regardless of the barrier layer. The results from this study indicate that the use of either 15 cm BC or 10 cm FA as a barrier layer with surface soil, or the use of 38 tonnes PM/ha and 6 cm MC, were effective for the revegetation of Pb/Zn mine tailings. C. dactylon was the best species among the four species used for revegetation. Copyright © 2000 Society for Ecological Restoration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-92
JournalRestoration Ecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000


Ye, Z. H., Wong, J. W. C., Wong, M. H., Baker, A. J. M., Shu, W. S., & Lan, C. Y. (2000). Revegetation of Pb/Zn mine tailings, Guangdong Province, China. Restoration Ecology, 8(1), 87-92. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-100x.2000.80012.x


  • Reclamation
  • Pb/Zn mine tailings
  • Burnt coal
  • Mushroom compost
  • Fly ash
  • Bermuda grass
  • Italian ryegrass
  • Clover


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