Temporal Changes of Solid Waste at Limestone Quarries in and Around Yerraguntla, YSR District, A.P., using Google Earth Images
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In limestone mining and cement industry, solid and liquid wastes are generated in every day and every stage of the operations and are required to mitigate properly. Different types of waste generated from both the industries are cement and limestone quarry. Due to environmental impact and public health and safety, proper efforts must be made to decrease waste generation and hence efficient disposal practices have to be followed. Hence, this study aims at a better understanding of spatial and temporal changes of unplanned dumping sites from 2006 to 2018. Google Earth mapping is one of the most advanced methods for identification of rock-solid waste clearly for collecting on satellite image data. This paper is centered on application of Google Images in assessing the temporal changes of solid waste at limestone quarries in and around Yerraguntla. Time series multi-date Google Earth imageries of 2006–2018 are used to demarcate the evolutionary changes in limestone waste disposal management and to understand the spatial and temporal changes that happened due to the changes by expanding the rock waste dump around Yerraguntla village, YSR district, A.P. Results revealed that the solid waste management in the study area is very poor which need to be properly monitored so as to mitigate the present and future environmental threats.
KeywordsTemporal changes Solid waste Limestone quarries Google Earth Yerraguntla
My grateful thanks to DST for the financial support and limestone quarry management for providing the permission to carry out the fieldwork in limestone quarries.
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