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Environmental Effects of Mining

1st Edition

By Earle A. Ripley, Robert E. Redmann

CRC Press

368 pages

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Description

Research funded by the Centre for Resource Studies,Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Reviews

"An excellent aspect of this book is the use of case studies that are presented in these chapters. They provide insights into some of the environmental and related economic issues in various types of mining operation…The quality of writing is excellent."

-Ecological Engineering

"Appropriate public policies and sound environmental practices by mining companies require both an understanding of how mining affects the environment and what can be done to reduce the magnitude of these effects. This book contributes to this understanding by assembling information that heretofore has been widely scattered."

Roderick G. Eggert, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

Table of Contents

Mineral Extraction

Exploration

Geophysical

Other Forms of Exploration

ransportation and Services

Environmental Effects of Exploration

Site Development

Extraction

Underground Mining

Surface Mining

Non-Entry Mining

Environmental Effects of Extraction

Beneficiation

Crushing and Grinding

Gravity Separation

Magnetic and Electrostatic Separation

Flotation

Environmental Effects of Beneficiation

Metallurgical Processing and Refining

Pyrometallurgy

Hydrometallurgy

Electrometallurgy

Environmental Effects of Further Processing

Decommissioning

Ecosystems

Measurement of Energy Flow

Food Webs

Structure and Niches

Communities and Diversity

Populations

Biogeochemical Cycling

Succession

Stability and Resilience

Regions in Which Mining Occurs

Dispersion of Residuals

Deposition Processes

Summary

Environmental Impact

Measurement of Energy Flow

Food Webs

Structure and Niches

Communities and Diversity

Populations

Biogeochemical Cycling

Succession

Stability and Resilience

Conclusions

Prevention, Reclamation, and Rehabilitation

Reclamation of Terrestrial Ecosystems

Rehabilitating Spoils and Tailings

Physical Stabilization of Acid-Generating Wastes

Revegetation

Physical Characteristics

Chemical Characteristics

Soil Fertility

Species Selection and Planting Techniques

Rehabilitation of Abandoned Sites

Aquatic Ecosystems

Wetlands

Lakes

Marine Sites and Meromictic Lakes

Regulation and Monitoring

Emission Standards

Air, Water, and Land Quality Standards

Monitoring

Compliance Trends

Summary

Case Study

Sulphides

History

Orebodies

Extraction and Processing of Ore

Major Sulphide Metals

Environmental Effects

Aquatic Ecosystems

Atmospheric Effects

Reclamation

Summary

Case Studies

Gold and Silver

History

Orebodies

Extraction and Processing of Ore

Summary

Case Studies

Uranium

History

Extraction and Processing of Ore

Environmental Effects

Effects on Organisms

Reclamation of Impoundments

Research

Monitoring

Case Study

Ore

History

Orebodies

Extraction and Processing of Ore

Environmental Effects

Summary

Carbon Products: Coal, Peat, Graphite, and Diamonds

Coal

Peat

Graphite

Diamonds

Summary

Potash and Other Salts

Potash

Rock Salt

Sodium Sulphate

Environmental Effects

Summary

Industrial Minerals

Structural Materials

Environmental Effects of Production

Reclamation

Asbestos

Cement

Clays

Dimensional Stone

Lime

Mineral Aggregates

Other Industrial Minerals

Barite

Fluorspar

Gypsum and Anhydrite

Mica

Nepheline Syenite

Silica and Silicon

Talc, Steatite, and Pyrophyllite

Case Study

Glossary, References, Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC009010
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General