Images of Research: Forging sustainable futures

Harvesting nature’s healing power

Category: Protecting our planet

A researcher looks on to a fenced off area of waste ground, with hills and a rainbow in the background

Historic metal mining has contaminated land, rivers and sediments across the planet, but plant growth can reduce their impact by preventing contaminated soil from spreading by wind or erosion. At our experimental field trial on an abandoned lead-zinc mine in NE England, we are testing different grasses and waste materials as soil amendments, to try to stabilise the soil without contaminating the plants themselves.

Entrant: Richard Lord , Civil And Environmental Engineering

Copyright: Richard Lord

Collaborators: Ben Nunn (subject in photo)


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