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Cost Optimisation for Minimizing the Visual Impact of Ornamental Stone Quarrying. A Case Study in Murcia Region

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Molina-Ruiz, José and Martínez Sánchez, Maria José and Pérez Sirvent, Carmen and García Lorenzo, María Luz and Tudela Serrano, María Luz (2018) Cost Optimisation for Minimizing the Visual Impact of Ornamental Stone Quarrying. A Case Study in Murcia Region. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 6 (2). pp. 74-88. ISSN ISSN: 2327-4336, online ISSN: 2327-4344

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Quarrying of ornamental stone has adverse effects that are both visual and environmental. This paper aims to develop a methodology for minimising the costs associated with reducing the visual impact of ornamental stone quarrying. This study uses digital topographical maps of the study zone and a GPS and GIS application to calculate the extent of the area affected by quarrying activities for each altitude designated in the work plan and to calculate the extent of the potential visual impact. The results obtained applying the proposed methodology for the selected area suggested that the potential visual impact is minimal for an altitude of 520 metres, this being the optimal point for the observer. When altitude increases, the potential visual impact increases and the optimal point for the observer diminishes until the highest impact altitude (740 m) is readied. The optimal point that the exploitation should reach is that at which the values of the diagram generated by the (%) area of potential visual impact and area of exploitation (%) intersect. The methodology allows the optimal altitude to be determined for mining exploitations and helps assess the viability of a given exploitation from an environmental point of view.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Restoration Costs, Ornamental Stone, Visual Impact, Limestone, Quarrying
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Petrology
ID Code:47706
Deposited On:23 May 2018 16:19
Last Modified:11 Dec 2018 08:46

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