Land use conflicts and phosphate mining in Flordia
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Land use conflicts and phosphate mining in Flordia by John W. Sweeney

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Published by Published by Bureau of Geology, Florida Dept. of Natural Resources, in cooperation with U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Mines in Tallahassee .
Written in English



  • Florida.


  • Land use -- Florida.,
  • Phosphate mines and mining -- Florida.

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Edition Notes

Statementby John W. Sweeney.
SeriesState of Florida. Bureau of Geology. Information circular no. 72, Information circular (Florida. Bureau of Geology) ;, no. 72.
ContributionsUnited States. Bureau of Mines.
LC ClassificationsQE99 .A33 no. 72, HD211.F6 .A33 no. 72
The Physical Object
Paginationiv, 42 p.
Number of Pages42
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5026726M
LC Control Number73621259

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The Process of Phosphate Mining in Florida Phosphate mining in Florida is a strip-mining process. Overburden, the layers of material above the phosphate, is removed to expose the phosphate reserve (matrix). Before mining, exploratory cores are taken to measure the depth of the overburden and the thickness of the phosphate matrix. This coring. The mining of pebble phosphate began in in central Florida and in the s in Hamilton County. Today phosphate mining occurs primarily in the central Florida area (Polk, Hillsborough, Manatee and Hardee counties). The central Florida phosphate mining region covers approximately million acres of land known as the “Bone Valley.”. results of an earlier regional land use planning and reclamation study conducted by the Central Florida Regional Planning Council on the phosphate mining industry (Long and Orne, ). Like that study, the present one represents an initial effort to develop and evaluate current and projected land use suitability information for Hardee County. land. Id. at Finally, phosphate mining greatly reduces the aesthetic value of the mined land. Id. at 4. The Florida Phosphate Industry in Transition, PHOSPHOROUS AND POTAssIUM, Nov.-Dec. , at 25, 27 [hereinafter cited as Florida Phosphate Industry]. Two companies, Gardinier and Beker.

  Florida’s phosphate industry owns more land in central Florida than exists in the state of Rhode Island. The industry destroys the natural landscape causing severe water shortages, pollutes natural resources of freshwater, and ultimately destroys all riparian waterways (public waterways) in the landscape they strip mine. Since , Florida’s phosphate industry has been required to restore lands impacted by mining. But to this day, no issue is more contentious — or the science less conclusive — than whether. During the past seventy years of phosphate strip mining in west-central Florida, the phosphate industry has at some time been faced with strip mining navigable waterways and riparian lands as defined by “The Public Trust Doctrine”. The doctrine defines navigable waterways and riparian lands adjacent to the waterways as public domain. IMC is the largest phosphate mining company not only in Florida, but in the world. Although guest speaker and IMC representative Bob Kinsey described phosphate mining as a "temporary land use," mining disturbs the terrain so severely while in progress that the active site is called a "moonscape." Since the Department of Environmental.