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Geotextiles and Geomembranes 28 (2010) 135

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Geotextiles and Geomembranes

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Foreword to special issue on Geosynthetics in Mining Applications

The use of geosynthetics in various mining operations is now Finally, I wish to express my appreciation and thanks to the
widespread. While they have not been accepted as readily as in authors for their effort and time in the preparation of a set of
the general construction market, growth in the mining industry is very high quality papers without which this special issue would
occurring as operators begin to understand the advantages associ- not have resulted. I am very much indebted to the reviewers for
ated with the use of these materials. This special issue of Geotextiles their highly competent efforts. Last but not least, I would like to
and Geomembranes gives an overview of the research effort con- gratefully acknowledge the assistance and encouragement of
ducted in various part of the world on the theme of geosynthetics R. Kerry Rowe, Editor, during the preparation of this issue and
in mining applications and also gives an insight on the practical also for taking time to ensure that each paper met the high tech-
issues commonly faced by the geosynthetics and mining industries. nical standards of Geotextiles and Geomembranes.
It contains ten papers with the common theme of geosynthetics
applications in mining works. The applications addressed focus Abdelmalek Bouazza
on: containment of liquors/mine tailings/acid mine drainage and Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne,
chemical compatibility, heap leach pads, ltration and dewatering Vic 3800, Australia
of mine tailings using electrokinetic geosynthetics. Tel.: 61 3 9905 4956; fax: 61 3 9905 4944.
The content of this issue will certainly constitute a reference in E-mail address: malek.bouazza@eng.monash.edu.au
the years to come for practitioners, manufacturers as well as
researchers and hopefully will also inspire more innovative applica- 30 September 2009
tions for the benet of the mining and the geosynthetics industries. Available online 4 November 2009

0266-1144/$ see front matter 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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