Notes on Water Quality

5 tailings pipes in some cases mines may release

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Unformatted text preview: otentially sulfide- bearing rock can be exposed through construction of an open pit, creating additional opportunities for acid drainage [10]. 4. Tailings impoundments: Tailings from the mining processing phase are typically pumped as a thick sludge to a large impoundment. Depending upon the moisture content of the tailings and waste management practices, toxic materials can leach into groundwater. In addition, major storms events can mobilize...
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