We make mining deposits look like real mountains

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Natural landscapes designed by VAST

Traditional mining deposits do not achieve closure goals.

Ours do.

A huge problem with traditional waste rock deposits is that they erode, are unsuitable for landscape restoration and do not blend in with the surrounding landscape. This results in ongoing environmental issues, maintenance costs, slow landscape recovery and unnatural looking landforms.

Think about it, have you ever seen a perfectly formed pyramid naturally occur in nature before? Neither have we. That is because such landforms are unstable and erode. Every landform wants to reach a state of ‘maturity’ (as do we by the way – but that is a different matter) and does so after thousands of years of weathering.

We design waste rock deposits using a geomorphic design approach and principles. Using our method, we design waste rock deposits just as nature would have done it -but instead of waiting 10 000+ years for natural forces to do their thing – we do it by design today. This means a long-term stable landform that does not negatively impact on the surrounding landscape but reconnects with it hydrologically, looks natural, promotes biodiversity and is safer to visit. The landscape can be returned faster to nature and people.

Traditional Mining Deposit

Typically ‘Pyramid Shaped’ – not something you’d see naturally occurring in the landscape.

Geomorphologically Designed Deposit

Designed with nature as a reference – looks and functions as a part of the natural surrounding landscape.