1st Edition

Environmental Effects of Mining




ISBN 9781884015762
Published August 1, 1995 by CRC Press
368 Pages

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Book Description

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

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

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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