Landforming: An Environmental Approach to Hillside Development, Mine Reclamation and Watershed Restoration / Edition 1

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The first hands-on instruction guide to landform grading and revegetation
Landform grading provides a cost-effective, attractive, and environmentally compatible way to construct slopes and other landforms that are stable and that blend in with the natural surroundings. Landform grading design and construction technology have advanced rapidly during the past decade, and this book explains the technique, its uses, its various applications, and its significant advantages. 

Landforming: An Environmental Approach to Hillside Development, Mine Reclamation and Watershed Restoration, presents the first comprehensive and practical guidebook to the innovative techniques of landform grading and revegetation.

Citing numerous practical applications in such areas as hillside housing developments, mass grading operations, surface mining and watershed reclamation projects, the authors—one an internationally recognized instructor and the other an engineer with over thirty years of practical experience in the field—have teamed up to provide valuable information on:   

  • The aesthetic and ecological benefits of landform grading and revegetation
  • Analyses that demonstrate the stability of landform designed slopes
  • Real-world design/construction procedures
  • Construction in both upland slope areas and in stream corridors
  • Analytical procedures and design aids to assist implementation
  • Well documented and comprehensive case studies of actual projects

Written in straightforward language and liberally illustrated with informative photographs and schematic drawings, the text should prove of value to practicing professionals in such diverse fields as land planning, civil  and geotechnical engineering, landscape architecture, and geology as well as to personnel in a variety of local, state and federal regulatory agencies and environmental interest groups.

HORST J. SCHOR is the originator of the Landforming and Revegetation Concept and is Principal of H.J. Schor Consulting. He has developed landform grading designs that have been implemented in a variety of hillside grading and mining reclamation projects for a diverse list of clients. He has been a guest lecturer at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, The University of Dresden, Germany and The University of California at Irvine.

DONALD H. GRAY, PHD, is Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Michigan. In addition to speaking and teaching internationally, he has co-authored three books on subjects related geotechnical engineering and biotechnical slope protection.

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"Landforming presents the first comprehensive, hands-on instruction guide for this emerging discipline." (Civil Engineering; 10/07)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471721796
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/3/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Horst J. Schor is the originator o the Landforming andRevegetation Concept and is Principal of H. J. Schor Consulting. Hehas developed landform grading designs that have been implementedin a variety of hillside grading and mining reclamation projectsfor a diverse list of clients. He has been a guest lecturer at theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, Dresden University of Technology,Germany, and the University of California, Irvine.

Donald H. Gray, PHD, is Professor Emeritus of Civil andEnvironmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. Inaddition to speaking and teaching internationally, he hascoauthored three books on subjects related geotechnical engineeringand biotechnical slope protection.

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction to Landform grading and Revegetation.

2. Surficial Erosion and Mass Wasting of Slopes.

3. Influence of Vegetation on Hillside Stability.

4. Influence of Topography on Slope Stability and Hydrology.

5. Geomorphic Evolution of Slopes.

Hillside Grading Fundamentals.

7. Principles of Landform Grading.

8. Essential Design Elements for Slope Forms and Landforms.

9. Implementation of the Landform Grading Plan.

10. Public and Regulatory Response to Landform Grading.

11. Landforming Projects-Watershed Restoration and MiningReclamation.

12. Landforming Projects-Hillside Developments and Mass-GradingApplications.



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