Retention of Metal(loid)s in Soils Contaminated by Mining and Smelting

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2022) | Viewed by 664

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Department of Environmental Geosciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, 165 00 Praha-Suchdol, Czech Republic
Interests: environmental geochemistry; environmental mineralogy; soil remediation and phytostabilization; contaminant behavior and immobilization; metal and metalloid speciation

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Department of Environmental Geosciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, 165 00 Praha-Suchdol, Czech Republic
Interests: chemical stabilization; mineral-based amendments; biochar and composite materials; contaminant behavior and immobilization; stabilizing mechanisms

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Department of Geochemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, Ilkovičova 6, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia
Interests: environmental geochemistry; contaminant behavior in soil; trace metal(loid)s; human health risk assessment; pollution; source apportionment; environmental impact assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metals and metalloids in soils represent a potential risk for the environment when they are mobilized. Therefore, recent efforts are focused on the stabilization of risk elements in situ to limit their release and bioavailability using various soil amendments. Mining and smelting areas represent specific multi-element contaminated sites with long-term leaching of contaminants from several sources, including waste rock or metallurgical residues.

The investigation of different forms of metal(loid)s (e.g., Cu, Cd, Pb, Zn, As, Sb), their stable or reactive compounds, and their behavior and transport in the environment are crucial for (i) assessing the environmental hazards, (ii) evaluating natural attenuation, and (iii) selecting the most appropriate amendment for their immobilization. The remediation process is affected by many factors including bulk soil composition, pH-Eh conditions, the presence of organic matter, Fe/Mn/Al (hydr)oxides, as well as by microbial activity.

With this in mind, we encourage researchers and authors of various backgrounds (e.g., geology, chemistry, biology, soil science, material and environmental sciences) to support this multidisciplinary manuscript collection. Contributions on chemical stabilization/immobilization as well as natural attenuation processes are welcome. We invite manuscripts focused on, but not limited to, the use of soil amendments (inorganic- or organic-based materials, engineered composites, nano-sized amendments, etc.), mineralogical studies on solid speciation of metal(loid) contaminants, and the role of plants and microbes in metal(loid) stabilization. These may include laboratory experiments, field studies, basic research, as well as applied science.

This Special Issue aims to provide a complex image on metal(loid) retention when assessing contaminants’ fate and behavior in soils, with particular focus on (post-)mining and smelting areas and potentials for their remediation.

Dr. Martina Vitkova
Dr. Barbora Hudcová
Prof. Dr. Edgar Hiller
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  • soil amendment
  • stabilization/immobilization
  • contaminant speciation
  • sorption
  • metals
  • arsenic
  • iron oxides
  • biochar
  • zeolites
  • clay minerals

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