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Lieffers, V.
Caners, R.
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Reclamation of land--Alberta
Peatland restoration
Oil sands exploration pads
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In situ oil sands exploration (OSE) requires the creation of temporary drilling pads, which are often located in peatlands. These pads are created by removing trees and blading the fen surface, leaving windrows of peat along the pad edges; the pad is then frozen-in to create a level surface. However, once abandoned, these pads often fail to regenerate and can become flooded during the growing season. This research examined differences in vegetation and microtopography between OSE pads and undisturbed peatland, and provides possible solutions to help improve regeneration on these challenging sites.
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2015/03/04
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