Arabian Journal of Geosciences

, 11:557 | Cite as

Evaluation of an abandoned aggregate quarry used for uncontrolled waste disposal using remote sensing technologies (Atabey, Isparta-Turkey)

  • Gulcan SarpEmail author
  • Mehmet Ozcelik
Original Paper


Today, waste is an important environmental problem that needs to be solved. The way it is collected and managed should be considered with respect to the negative impact on the environment. Although the Atabey aggregate quarry was operated with natural sand-gravel until 2 years ago, it was closed due to technological renovation in the crushing-screening unit and uneconomic production. This area was later used by the Atabey Municipality as a waste storage area. Thus, uncontrolled storage occurred at the quarry site. As a result, new, more intensive environmental problems have emerged in the area, such as visual pollution and the pollution of groundwater. This paper evaluates the impact of municipal solid waste disposal in an abandoned quarry site on groundwater, land surface temperature, land surface moisture, and vegetation cover using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and remote sensing technologies. According to the obtained results, the solid wastes stored in the area caused groundwater pollution, increased surface temperature, and reduced soil moisture.


Solid waste deposition Abandoned quarry Aggregate monitoring Geoinformation 



The author wishes to thank the quarry owner, ATABETON Construction Ltd., engineers and technicians for experimental works and providing the necessary data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Suleyman Demirel University, Department of GeographyIspartaTurkey
  2. 2.Suleyman Demirel University, Department of GeologyIspartaTurkey

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