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Journal of Scientific Research and Studies Vol. 4(12), pp. 356-365, December, 2017

ISSN 2375-8791

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The landscape reclamation alternatives of marble quarries as an example of a degraded site in Isparta


Şehriban ERASLAN* and Atila GÜL

Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey.


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Accepted 27 November, 2017




The paper presents the selected example of reclamation in surface mining in Isparta region. The aim of the study was to determine different options of use for areas disrupted as a result of marble mining activities, as well as priorities and appropriate functions for these options. Managers of the area scored possible area usage types based on environmental suitability, economic suitability, social suitability and technical suitability. They (n=7) performed a preliminary elimination for projected usage options for the research area and four usage options (forest, agriculture, tourism-recreation, renewable energy) were determined for marble quarry. As a result of the first step of the assessment, it was determined that usage options of Forestry, Tourism-Recreation, Agriculture and Renewable Energy would be suitable, whereas the other usage types (Industry, Settlement, Solid Waste Landfill) were not found to be eligible for the area. In the second step of the assessment, functions were determined for the options and scored by experts (n=20) on the subject. The ordering technique was used to determine functions for the marble quarry example. Expert opinions were received to determine the most suitable area usage functions for these area usage options. Consequently, functions were found to be the most suitable for the Forestry option (vegetation for soil and water protection, maquis groves, agroforestry, pasture plants production area, greenhouse cultivation and seedling production and catch cropping) and Tourism/Recreation option (picnic and rest area, vehicle/pedestrian roads and parking area, outdoor sports area and playing field, wooden bungalows, natural camping area, pond and open-air marble museum).

Key words: Landscape reclamation, marble quarry, degraded site, Turkey.

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