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Rem: Revista Escola de Minas
Print version ISSN 0370-4467
BARROS, Dalmo Arantes de et al. Characterization of the bauxite mining of the Poços de Caldas alkaline massif and its socio-environmental impacts. Rem: Rev. Esc. Minas [online]. 2012, vol.65, n.1, pp.127-133. ISSN 0370-4467. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0370-44672012000100018.
The intensive use of mineral resources brings along significant changes to the environment. The mining sector is essential for world economics, as long as it is operated on a basis that is technically coherent, socially fair and environmentally correct. This study aimed to characterize the bauxite mining of the Poços de Caldas plateau, MG, investigating its respective socio-environmental impacts. Through the overview presented, one can conclude that in most situations, the bauxite miningat the Poços de Caldas plateau mitigates its negative social and environmental impacts in a satisfactory manner in addition to generating positive social impacts; and the restoration methods of the mining-disturbed ecosystems have been continually improved and should be replicated by small-and-medium-sized companies.
Keywords : Mining; social and environmental impacts; environment.