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Photographs by R. C. MacArthur. overview of sediment deposition 13 Fig. 1-14. Meandering reach of Walker River, California. Photograph by E. Wallace. Fig. 1-15. Copper and gold mine on Mount Fubilan in Papua New Guinea. Since the mid-1980s, the mine has discharged 70 million tons per year of contaminated rock and tailings into the Ok Tedi and Fly rivers. Photograph by B. Hall. Fig. 1-16. Fly River in Papua New Guinea: an example of maninduced ecological disaster. Sediment deposition from the Ok Tedi mine continues to aggrade riverbeds and amplifies flooding and sedimentation of forest areas, killing fish, forcing animals to migrate, and destroying vegetation over vast areas.

1-12. Braided river system located on the Rio Maule, Chile, comprised primarily of cobble and boulder materials. Photograph by C. R. Neill. levees, and bank protection may ­ disrupt natural processes and cause unforeseen problems, such as channel aggradation or degradation or accelerated erosion of ­unprotected banks. 3 Sedimentation Due to Mining Activities Mining activities in river basins and failures of mine tailings dams can produce disastrous sedimentation and contamination of downstream rivers/water bodies (Figs.

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