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SIMPL: A Simplified Model-Based Program for the Analysis and Visualization of Groundwater Rebound in Abandoned Mines to Prevent Contamination of Water and Soils by Acid Mine Drainage

by Sung-Min Kim 1 and Yosoon Choi 2,*
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Division of Graduate Education for Sustainability of Foundation Energy, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
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Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Pukyong National University, Busan 48513, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(5), 951; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15050951
Received: 7 April 2018 / Revised: 5 May 2018 / Accepted: 8 May 2018 / Published: 10 May 2018
Cessation of dewatering following underground mine closure typically results in groundwater rebound, because mine voids and surrounding strata undergo flooding up to the levels of the decant points, such as shafts and drifts. SIMPL (Simplified groundwater program In Mine workings using the Pipe equation and Lumped parameter model), a simplified lumped parameter model-based program for predicting groundwater levels in abandoned mines, is presented herein. The program comprises a simulation engine module, 3D visualization module, and graphical user interface, which aids data processing, analysis, and visualization of results. The 3D viewer facilitates effective visualization of the predicted groundwater level rebound phenomenon together with a topographic map, mine drift, goaf, and geological properties from borehole data. SIMPL is applied to data from the Dongwon coal mine and Dalsung copper mine in Korea, with strong similarities in simulated and observed results. By considering mine workings and interpond connections, SIMPL can thus be used to effectively analyze and visualize groundwater rebound. In addition, the predictions by SIMPL can be utilized to prevent the surrounding environment (water and soil) from being polluted by acid mine drainage. View Full-Text
Keywords: acid mine drainage; abandoned mines; groundwater rebound; Dongwon coal mine; Dalsung copper mine acid mine drainage; abandoned mines; groundwater rebound; Dongwon coal mine; Dalsung copper mine
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Kim, S.-M.; Choi, Y. SIMPL: A Simplified Model-Based Program for the Analysis and Visualization of Groundwater Rebound in Abandoned Mines to Prevent Contamination of Water and Soils by Acid Mine Drainage. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 951.

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