Copper and vegetation at the Kansanshi Hill (Zambia) copper mine

Citation
B. Leteinturier et al., Copper and vegetation at the Kansanshi Hill (Zambia) copper mine, BELG J BOT, 134(1), 2001, pp. 41-50
Citations number
11
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Plant Sciences
Journal title
BELGIAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY
ISSN journal
0778-4031 → ACNP
Volume
134
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
41 - 50
Database
ISI
SICI code
0778-4031(2001)134:1<41:CAVATK>2.0.ZU;2-B
Abstract
The Kansanshi copper outcrop (Zambia) has been very poorly investigated bot anically. A recent survey has revealed much of floristic interest, in spite of mineral exploitation since the beginning of the XXth century. The vario us vegetation types still occurring there today indicate a former richness both in terms of flora and phytosociology as well as phyto-geochemistry. Ec ological units have been classified on the basis of the topography and vege tation composition. Several copper-accumulating taxa, including three new h yperaccumulators are reported. Various environmental management proposals a re suggested with a view to preserving the existing biotopes in the face of the potential threats of further mineral extraction.