Articles | Volume 2, issue 1
SOIL, 2, 41–48, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-41-2016
SOIL, 2, 41–48, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-41-2016

Short communication 21 Jan 2016

Short communication | 21 Jan 2016

Quantification of the inevitable: the influence of soil macrofauna on soil water movement in rehabilitated open-cut mined lands

S. Arnold and E. R. Williams

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RR by Artemi Cerdà (01 Jan 2016)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (02 Jan 2016) by Estela Nadal Romero
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (03 Jan 2016) by Jorge Mataix-Solera(Executive Editor)
AR by Sven Arnold on behalf of the Authors (10 Jan 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Soil water models are used to design cover systems for containing hazardous waste following mining. Often, soil invertebrates are omitted from these calculations, despite playing a major role in soil development (nutrient cycling) and water pathways (seepage, infiltration). As such, soil invertebrates can influence the success of waste cover systems. We propose that experiments in glasshouses, laboratories and field trials on mined lands be undertaken to provide knowledge for these models.