Special Issue "Biogeochemistry of Acid Mine Drainage"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2017).
Interests: acid mine drainage; coal weathering; pyrite oxidation; sulfur isotopes; sulfur cycling; bioremediation; acidophilic and acidotolerant microorganism
Interests: acid mine drainage; sulfate-reducing bacteria; sulfur cycling; bioremediation; acidophilic and acidotolerant microorganisms; physiology; low-pH adaptations; microbial diversity
Acid mine drainages (AMD) are low-pH waters that contain toxic concentrations of diverse metals, such as Fe, Al, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb, Ni, Co, or Cr, frequently associated with coal and metallic mining and processing activities. The number of terrestrial ecosystems impacted by AMD is continuously increasing due to a nonstop societal demand of metals for a large diversity of applications and nowadays AMD represents a serious worldwide environmental threat. It affects terrestrial biogeochemical cycle of sulfur, but also nutrient and metal cycles both at local and increasingly global scales. To minimize the degradation of surface-water resources by AMD, bioremediation strategies using a combination of biological and geochemical approaches have been used in many mining districts throughout the world. Even though the short-term remediation of AMD is usually achieved when employing both active and passive technologies, the long-term remediation of AMD remains a considerable challenge.
This Special Issue aims to publish papers of recent geochemical and microbiological research on acid-mine drainage and control/remediation technologies. We are also interested in the physiology and phylogeny of the acidophilic microbial communities inhabiting these extreme environments as well as the (meta)omics technologies used to deepen our understanding including (meta)genomics, (meta)proteomics, etc.
Dr. Liliana Lefticariu
Dr. Irene Sánchez-Andrea
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- acid mine drainage
- pyrite oxidation
- sulfate-reducing bacteria
- sulfur cycling
- sulfur isotopes
- coal weathering
- acidophilic and acidotolerant microorganisms
- low-pH adaptations
- microbial diversity