surface mining Articles

  • Equipment CO2 emission in surface coal mining

    The continuous global increases in energy demand and the environmental impact of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission, represent a substantial challenge for the mining industry. This paper presents the results of research work related to determination of surface mining equipment CO2 emission, which is part of a broader industrial project on analysis and control of energy consumption. The project was ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Influence of Copper Mine on Surface Water Quality

    Aras water basin is located in northwest of Iran. Sungun mine which is the largest open-cast copper mine of Iran is located in this region and is in the primary stages of extraction. The influence of mining activity on the quality of regional surface water has been taken in to consideration in this study. Accordingly, sampling was done from 5 local streams in the study area. In order to consider ...

  • Methane Mining

    The Customer The Company is a global manufacturer of web handling, air flotation drying, process thermal management and emission control systems. They serve the web coating, printing, packaging and other industrial process markets. The Process The site is a coal mine that has been closed for a number of years, ostensibly because most or all of the ...

  • Risk management programme for occupational safety and health in surface mining operations

    This paper describes a systematic risk analysis process for occupational safety and health (OSH). A concept of technological risk management and risk assessment is applied. A review of published risk management and assessment applications for various industries is presented and a generalised approach to risk management for OSH in surface mining is proposed. The approach consists of six phases. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Surface coal mining influences on macroinvertebrate assemblages in streams of the Canadian Rocky Mountains

    To determine the region specific impacts of surface coal mines on macroinvertebrate community health, chemical and physical stream characteristics and macroinvertebrate family and community metrics were measured in surface coal mine‐affected and reference streams in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Water chemistry was significantly altered in mine‐affected streams which had elevated conductivity, ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Groundwater and surface water data management at Rosebery Mine, Tasmania - Case Study

    Efficient management of the large monitoring data set is paramount given licence conditions imposed on the mine. Confidence in the data accuracy is crucial in forming the basis for interpretation and subsequent operational decisions. MMG has adopted an Environmental Data Management System (EDMS) comprising the following ‘off-the-shelf’ components produced and supplied by Earth Science ...

  • Buffering of Acidic Mine Lakes: The Relevance of Surface Exchange and Solid- Bound Sulphate

    Buffering mechanisms in an acidic mine lake in Lusatia, Germany were investigated. The titration curve has four sections with different buffering mechanisms: (1) buffering by free hydrogen ions and hydrogen sulphate (pH = 2.55-2.9), (2) buffering by Fe with bound SO4 (pH = 2.9-4.3), (3) buffering by Al with bound SO4 (pH = 4.3-5.5), and (4) buffering by surface exchange of SO4 and basic cations ...


    By Springer

  • Mine backfill

    Mine backfill is defined as the material used to fill the cavities (i.e., stopes) created by underground mining. Backfilling can be a means to dispose of sludge and/ or tailings which may contain hazardous materials and to reduce surface environmental impacts by storing tailings underground. Alternately, backfilling with nonhazardous materials can allow for mining productivity improvements. To ...


    By WesTech Engineering, Inc.

  • Development of a GIS–based information system for mining activities: Afsin–Elbistan lignite surface mine case study

    In this study, it was aimed to monitor mining activities and product movements by establishing a mine information system and to give the optimum decision by conducting the necessary inquiries and analyses. For this purpose, at first the map materials used in the mining activities in Afsin–Elbistan lignite basin were converted to digital maps by means of GIS techniques, and after that the lignite ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Cleaner Production in the Mining Industry: Mount Isa Mines

    MIM Holdings Limited has implemented a program of innovations which has enabled the company to open a new mine and add new electricity-using activities while cutting total annual electricity use and carbon dioxide emissions. MIM has committed to the Australian Governmentís Greenhouse Challenge. This Federal and State Government sponsored initiative requires companies to reduce emissions of carbon ...


  • Mining application overview

    PRESTO Geosystems works together with the mining industry and their consultants to solve specific soil stabilization problems. The Geoweb® system is used to develop unique and cost-effective solutions that solve problems in load support, slope and channel stabilization, dike and lagoon protection, pipeline support and protection, and earth retention. The Geoweb® system resolves problems in all ...


    By Presto Geosystems

  • Risk assessment in mining industry

    Mining is a hazardous operation and it involves considerable safety and health risk to the miners. Unsafe conditions in the surface and underground mines lead to a number of accidents/disasters, injury and loss to human lives. However, the hazards cannot be completely obliterated and thus there is need to define and reckon with an accident risk level possible to be presented in either ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Mercury contamination of surface water and fish in a gold mining region (Cuyuni river basin, Venezuela)

    In the Cuyuni river basin (Venezuela), artisanal gold mining has caused significant mercury pollution due to extensive use of Hg in Au amalgamation processes. High Hg concentrations up to 4.60 ?g/l were recorded in surface water samples (rivers, streams, mining ponds, springs), which are three orders of magnitude higher than normal worldwide background values (0.003?0.005 ?g/l). Furthermore, Hg ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Analyses of trace elements on quartz surfaces in sulfidic mine tailings from Kristineberg (Sweden) a few years after remediation

    Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) has been applied to determine the elemental composition of the surface layer, as well as of the first interior layer, of quartz grains from the mine tailings from Kristineberg (northern Sweden) in order to determine concentration gradients between these two layers. The quartz grains were collected from the oxidized and ...


    By Springer

  • Acid mine drainage treatment

    Acid mine/rock drainage is a rampant problem in the world today. The above photo depicts acid drainage at an abandoned mine in the Yukon Territory of northwest Canada. This mine shares a similar history to thousands of other mines throughout the world. It was in operation for six short years in the 1950’s, producing gold ore. Its profitability eventually failed and it was abandoned. In the ...


    By WesTech Engineering, Inc.

  • Impact of using paper mill sludge for surface-mine reclamation on runoff water quality and plant growth

    Paper mills generate large amounts of solid waste consisting of fibrous cellulose, clay, and lime. Paper mill sludge (PMS) can improve reclamation of surface-coal mines where low pH and organic-carbon levels in the spoil cover material can inhibit revegetation. When applied at high rates, however, PMS may adversely impact the quality of surface runoff. Therefore, we applied PMS at 0, 224, and 672 ...

  • Survival and growth of hardwoods in brown versus gray sandstone on a surface mine in West Virginia

    Surface mining in West Virginia removes the eastern deciduous forest and reclaiming the mined land to a productive forest must consider soil depth, soil physical and chemical properties, soil compaction, ground cover competition, and tree species selection. Our objective was to evaluate tree survival and growth in weathered brown sandstone and in unweathered gray sandstone. Brown and gray ...

  • Survival and growth of hardwoods in brown versus gray sandstone on a surface mine in west virginia

    Received for publication November 10, 2008. Surface mining in West Virginia removes the eastern deciduous forest and reclaiming the mined land to a productive forest must consider soil depth, soil physical and chemical properties, soil compaction, ground cover competition, and tree species selection. Our objective was to evaluate tree survival and growth in weathered brown sandstone and in ...

  • Closures of mine a new challenge for Romania

    AbstractThe mining activity is one of the oldest activity in Romania, dating from the year 100 B.C. The gold and silver ores represented one of the riches of our country. In time the economic content of metals diminuend, and the ore mines become non profitable. Due to this situation the best option of the State was the closure and ecological rehabilitation of the mines.The steps for the ...


  • Technologies for today's mine emergency responders

    Historically, underground mine rescue teams have only received training in the course of actual emergencies, or in simulated mine environments, usually on the surface, with placards to identify objects and hazards. Also, while US Federal Regulations require all underground miners to walk escapeways and conduct fire drills every 90 days in a smoke-free environment, this does not fully prepare them ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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