Next Article in Journal
High-Resolution Analysis of Critical Minerals and Elements in Fe–Mn Crusts from the Canary Island Seamount Province (Atlantic Ocean)
Next Article in Special Issue
Towards Greener Lixiviants in Value Recovery from Mine Wastes: Efficacy of Organic Acids for the Dissolution of Copper and Arsenic from Legacy Mine Tailings
Previous Article in Journal
Comparative Analysis of the Siliceous Source and Organic Matter Enrichment Mechanism of the Upper Ordovician–Lower Silurian Shale in the Upper-Lower Yangtze Area
Previous Article in Special Issue
Recovery of Residual Silver-Bearing Minerals from Low-Grade Tailings by Froth Flotation: The Case of Zgounder Mine, Morocco
Article Menu
Issue 7 (July) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessReview
Minerals 2018, 8(7), 284;

Mining Waste and Its Sustainable Management: Advances in Worldwide Research

Department of Economics and Business, Research Centre CAESCG and CIAIMBITAL, University of Almería, 04120 Almería, Spain
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 23 May 2018 / Revised: 24 June 2018 / Accepted: 30 June 2018 / Published: 2 July 2018
Full-Text   |   PDF [2208 KB, uploaded 2 July 2018]   |  


Growing social awareness of the need to adequately treat mining waste in order to protect the environment has led to an increase in the research in this field. The aim of this study was to analyze the dynamics of the research focused on mining waste and its sustainable management on a worldwide scale from 1988 to 2017. A systematic review and a bibliometric analysis of 3577 articles were completed. The results show that research into mining waste has increased, with studies focusing on waste management accounting for almost 40% of the total. The most productive journals in this field were Applied Geochemistry and Science of the Total Environment. The five most productive countries were the United States, Canada, Spain, Australia, and China. Works on the sustainable management of mining waste were in the minority, but it is an area of research that has considerable potential given the growing social awareness of the environmental repercussions of mining activities and the demands for increasingly sustainable practices. The findings of this study could prove useful for studies into mine waste, as they depict a global view of this line of research. View Full-Text
Keywords: mine waste; management; sustainability; bibliometric analysis; systematic review mine waste; management; sustainability; bibliometric analysis; systematic review

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Aznar-Sánchez, J.A.; García-Gómez, J.J.; Velasco-Muñoz, J.F.; Carretero-Gómez, A. Mining Waste and Its Sustainable Management: Advances in Worldwide Research. Minerals 2018, 8, 284.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Minerals EISSN 2075-163X Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top