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Reclamation is a process of returning disturbed mined lands to a desired use, which dose not necessarily lead
to the reestablishment of the original-natural conditions. The reclamation lands should not only be attractive
but also stable over the years and safe for the visitors. It could be achieved, if development of sustainable
land reclamation is in the agreement with the function and usefulness for the future needs.
Taleghan, with 10700 inhabitants, stands in the middle of snowy mountains of Alborz 40 km east of Ghazvin
and 45 km north-west of Tehran, capital of Iran, with 1300 Sq. Km area. The average annual temperature is
+9.5 (-11ºc to +27 ºc), average rainfall is about 500 mm. Shahrood river with length of 105 Km runs from
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development in this region and rapid urban expansion plan will be present in near future.
The aim of this paper is to explain the planning process of reclamation of Jostan granite mine, which is
located in 6 Km North West of Taleghan. The Jostan quarry was planned for extraction of three types of
black, grey and red granite blocks for using as dimension stone in construction of a university with capacity
of 2000 students. The university is going to be built approximately 4 km from the mine. Analytical Hierarchy
Process (AHP) used to select the most suitable reclamation plan for post closure of Jostan mined land.
According to AHP results, the best reclamation plan is to use the area as recreation centre with park, tracks
for walk, biking, restaurant and parking lot.
Beautiful villages of Taleghan, with an altitude between 1400 to 2600 meter, various flora, very nice natural
landscape and local archaeology, make this place a pleasant region for visitors. Consequently reclamation
cost of Jostan granite mine is well compensated by the higher land value resulting from the new land uses.
Figure 1 shows the geographical location of mine.
Figure 1 Geographical location of Jostan mine in Taleghan
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