Arctic belongs to fragile natural ecosystems featuring high vulnerability relative to anthropogenic impact and low restorability rate. Environment in the Arctic and northern territories is in extreme conditions, and self-regeneration potential of natural systems is very limited. Mineral mining, especially open cutting greatly alters natural landscape structure by dumping and tailing storages. Yearly up to 1 Bt of waste is formed in the northern and Arctic areas of Russia. Huge quantities of gangue in dumps and tailings create serious ecological and economic problems in mining areas. A dump is a structure composed of different shape and size fragments subjected to rock mass pressure for a long time. This material can be used in construction of traffic arteries. Such approach can assist in ecological improvement in the northern territories through re-processing and reclamation of mineral waste.

For citation: Tarasov P. I., Khazin M. L., Golubev O. V. Mitigation of environmental impact of mining and processing industry in the Russian North and Arctic territories. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2019;(7):74-82. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2019-07-0-74-82.


Ecology, gangue, dumps, Arctic, northern areas, highway engineering, railway.

Issue number: 7
Year: 2019
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 504.54
DOI: 10.25018/0236-1493-2019-07-0-74-82
Authors: Tarasov P. I., Khazin M. L., Golubev O. V.

About authors: P.I. Tarasov, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Deputy Director for Science, «Perspektiva-M» Ltd, 620219, Ekaterinburg, Russia, e-mail:, M.L. Khazin, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Professor, Ural State Mining University (USMU), 620144, Ekaterinburg, Russia, e-mail:, O.V. Golubev, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Assistant Professor, e-mail:, Ural State University of Railway Transport (USURT), 620219, Ekaterinburg, Russia. Corresponding author: M.L. Khazin, e-mail:


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