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Jim Gusek – Senior Engineer and Reclamationist — Interview

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects) are used by mining professionals throughout the industry. Listen to these interviews to see how interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry.

Here, Jim Gusek describes how he became a reclamationist and has worked in many different types of mines–planning mine closing strategies before the mines even open; documenting the existing ecosystem to envision what the landscape will be returned to after mining; using computer models to understand ecosystem dynamics; designing constructed wetlands to treat mine drainage; then returning 10 years later to see the evidence of mining disappearing from the site. [9:55]

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