North-Central Section (44th Annual) and South-Central Section (44th Annual) Joint Meeting (1113 April 2010)
Paper No. 24-1
Presentation Time: 1:30 PM-1:45 PM

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD OF MINING LEGACY IN THE TRI-STATE DISTRICT OF MISSOURI, KANSAS, AND OKLAHOMA

ABER, Susan W.1, ABER, James S.1, MANDERS, Gina C.2, and NAIRN, Robert W.3, (1) Earth Science, Emporia State University, Campus Box 4030, 1200 Commercial, Emporia, KS 66801, saber@emporia.edu, (2) LEAD Agency, Vinta, OK 74301, (3) Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds, University of Oklahoma, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, 202 West Boyd Street, Room 334, Norman, OK 73019

For more than a century, beginning in the mid-1800s, mining lead, zinc and coal in the Tri-state district supported economic growth in the region. Both ground and aerial photographs were employed to promote the mining industry. Mining was portrayed in positive terms as essential for national industrial development, economic strength, and military needs. Following World War II, however, Pb-Zn mining began a long decline, and most of the mines were closed by 1970. By the late 20th century, the negative consequences of uncontrolled mining had become readily apparent, and the positive image of mining was replaced by a legacy of severe pollution, collapsed and wasted land, ruined communities, and serious environmental and human-health issues. New methods of remote sensing were utilized. Satellite imagery and manned-space photography provide synoptic, region-wide overviews of the devastated landscapes. We have applied small-format aerial photography (SFAP) for obtaining large-scale images that depict surface features in great detail. Kites and a helium blimp are utilized to acquire vertical and oblique views using radio-controlled camera rigs. Pictures taken from heights of less than 150 m have exceptionally high spatial resolution (2-5 cm). Preliminary SFAP has been collected already at West Mineral and Galena in Kansas as well as Picher, Oklahoma. SFAP of a passive water-treatment facility at Commerce, Oklahoma demonstrates the potential of this method for highly detailed investigations of relatively small sites (few hectares). Repeat visits to these and other sites will provide imagery for documenting the effectiveness of reclamation and remediation efforts in future years.

North-Central Section (44th Annual) and South-Central Section (44th Annual) Joint Meeting (1113 April 2010)
General Information for this Meeting
Presentation Handout (.ppt format, 20559.0 kb)
Session No. 24
The Tri-State Mining District, a Decades Long Project: Progress, Challenges And Revelations
Branson Convention Center: Short Creek 1
1:30 PM-3:15 PM, Monday, 12 April 2010

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 2, p. 74

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