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The threat of mine effluent to the UNESCO status of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

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dc.contributor.author Durand, J F
dc.contributor.author Meeuvis, J
dc.contributor.author Fourie, M
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-06T10:23:42Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-06T10:23:42Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.issn 1817-4434
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3611
dc.description.abstract There is a significant environmental risk posed to the region in which one of the most important and richest archaeological and palaeontological resources is located in South Africa. This area, known as the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage (COHWHS), is situated adjacent to one of the richest gold bearing geological sequence in the world. The mine pollution which is emanating from the mines in the form of acid mine drainage (AMD) is threatening this remarkable resource which has yielded the biggest collection of hominin fossils in the world. The environmental degradation of the COHWHS will have a major impact on the archaeological and palaeontological heritage of not only South Africa, but the world, as well as the tourism, hospitality and education sectors of South Africa. If monitoring, mitigation and management measures are not implemented effectively with immediate effect to avoid or minimise the negative effects, the COHWHS may stand the risk of losing its status and be demoted to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger. Ultimately, if the site loses the characteristics that determined its inscription in the World Heritage List, the World Heritage Committee may decide to delete the property from its list. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site en
dc.subject Sterkfontein Caves en
dc.subject acid mine drainage en
dc.subject archaeological and palaeontological resources en
dc.subject dolomite, karst system en
dc.subject risks and impacts en
dc.title The threat of mine effluent to the UNESCO status of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site en
dc.type Article en


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