Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 390


Impact of silica mining on environment

Ashutosh Mishra
  • Ashutosh Mishra
  • Geography Department, University of Allahabad, Allahabad ? 211002, India.
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  •  Received: 16 April 2015
  •  Accepted: 27 May 2015
  •  Published: 30 June 2015


From the beginning of human civilization, paradigm of man-nature relationship is changing continuously. After industrial revolution human interference in the natural ecosystem increased and technological development made us capable to explore and extract natural resources, while human greed enhanced the pace of their exploitation. With growing development, the man nature relationship became more imbalanced. Mineral resources were always in the centre of human interest due to their economic importance. Silica mineral is the major constituent of Lithosphere and its manifold industrial use makes it more valuable. But, its fast extraction damages the environmental quality of a region. In this paper the pros and cons of silica mining by the environmental perspective has been measured by taking Shankargarh region as a case. Out of 57 mining sites in the study area, one third of the mines are situated in three villages and these villages are at highest threat from environmental point of view. Although State Government has given Mining lease over only 206 acre land but during field survey the author noticed the illegal mining over area more than 2000 acres. Such large scale silica mining has changed the land cover and land use pattern of the region.

Key words: Environmental loss, land backfill programme, water filtration, undulating topography, mining Mafias.