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Minerals 2015, 5(1), 82-85;

Mine Waste Characterization, Management and Remediation

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St., London WC1E 7HX, UK
SUMIRCO (Sustainable Mining Research & Consult EIRL), Casilla 28, San Pedro de la Paz 4130000, Chile
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Academic Editor: Stephen E. Haggerty
Received: 28 October 2014 / Accepted: 6 January 2015 / Published: 19 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mine Waste Characterization, Management and Remediation)
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Mining is a vital part of the Global economy, but the extraction of metals, metalloids, and other mineral products generates vast quantities of liquid and solid waste. Currently the volume is estimated at several thousand million tons per annum, but is increasing exponentially as demand and exploitation of lower-grade deposits increases. The high concentrations of potentially toxic elements in these wastes can pose risks to ecosystems and humans, but these risks can be mitigated by implementing appropriate management or remediation schemes. Although there are a large number of such schemes available, there is still a need to research the processes, products, and effectiveness of implementation, as well as the nature of the mine wastes themselves. This Special Issue is aimed at bringing together studies in the areas of mine waste characterization, management, and remediation, to review the current state of knowledge and to develop improvements in current schemes. Fourteen manuscripts are published for this Special Issue, and these are summarized below.[...] View Full-Text
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Hudson-Edwards, K.A.; Dold, B. Mine Waste Characterization, Management and Remediation. Minerals 2015, 5, 82-85.

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