Special Issue "Environmental Geochemistry of Mineral Deposits"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. María de la Luz García Lorenzo

Departamento de Mineralogía y Petrología Universidad Complutense Madrid 28040 Madrid, Spain
Website | E-Mail
Interests: contamination and remediation of soils; environmental geochemistry; mining wastes, acid mine drainage; mobility and toxicity of heavy metals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The technological development that we have achieved and the objectives for the use of "clean" energies in the short-term are associated with a revival in the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources. This is recognized by the European Union, which has identified mineral resources as one of its priority lines of action. However, this foreseeable increase in the extraction of metals, metalloids, and other mineral products generates large amounts of waste. These residues can pose a risk to both human health and ecosystems, as they can contain high concentrations of potentially toxic elements. These risks can be mitigated through the implementation of appropriate remediation measures.

Environmental geochemistry is concerned with the sources, distribution, and interactions of chemical elements in the system of rock–soil–water–air–life. In this Special Issue, we would like to focus on the study of the geochemical behavior of potentially toxic elements (PTEs), their mobility and toxicity in order to carry out a risk assessment, both for human beings and ecosystems.

The main objectives of this Special Issue are focused on the study of the impact that the exploitation of these deposits can have on the environment and its possible remediation. This study includes the evaluation of the levels of pollutants in soil and water, as well as the study of their source of origin and the processes by which they are dispersed.

Prof. María de la Luz García Lorenzo
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • geochemistry
  • biogeochemical cycles
  • mine waste
  • contamination
  • risk assessment
  • acid mine drainage
  • remediation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
Minerals EISSN 2075-163X Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top