GIS maps mine-scarred lands in Pennsylvania, US

GIS maps mine-scarred lands in Pennsylvania, US

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A regional abandoned mine reclamation group has created a powerful new tool for mapping mine-scarred lands in affected Pennsylvania municipalities in US. The Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System can pinpoint waterways plagued by acid mine drainage and areas — down to the street and house level — potentially prone to mine subsidence. Its creators believe the information can aid elected officials and conservation groups in targeting clean-up projects and funding. The GIS modeling program uses state and federal data to create interactive maps, which can show a host of features, including mine discharge points, backfilled stripping pits and reclaimed mine shafts.