Programme of Excursion to the reclaimed areas of Hambach

Surface Mine and the relocated river Inde:

Date: Friday 18 March 2016
Start: 9:30: Elsdorf (Germany), just north of Hambach Surface Mine, in the restaurant Terra Nova located on the north-eastern edge of the mine. This building hosts the Forschungsstelle Rekultivierung.
9:30 – 10:00: Short introduction to the reclamation in the Rhenish Lignite Mining District.
10:00 – 12:30: Visit to the reclaimed site “Sophienhöhe”. The Sophienhöhe is the 200m high overburden stockpile of Hambach Surface Mine.
12:30 – 13:00: Relocation to the Indemann.
13:00 – 14:30: Lunch at the restaurant Indemann with a view over Inden Surface Mine.
14:30 – 15:00: Relocation to the Inde river.
15:00 – 17:00: Walk along the relocated Inde river and its reclaimed river bed.
General information about reclamation in the Rhenish Lignite Mining District can be found here.

Cost for participation 50€ (BLUG/UBLG & Geologica Belgica members 40€) (coffee & croissants in the morning and lunch are included in the price).
The capacity of the all-terrain bus we use for the visit of the Sophienhöhe limits the number of participants to 30.
Participants should register before March 4th by sending an E-mail to: mdusar@naturalsciences.be or robrecht.schmitz@alumini.ac.be
The participants will receive payment details and an exact route description.

Useful documents:
Workshop Mineral Extraction versus Ecology: Foes or Allies?
Origin of the workshop mining and ecology