The formation of acid mine drainage

SOURCE: Management and mitigation of acid mine drainage in South Africa: input for mineral beneficiation in Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Mujuru, S.S.Mutanga, Z.Dyosi
SOURCE EDITOR(S): S.S.Mutanga, M.Mujuru
KEYWORDS: ACID MINE DRAINAGE, MINING AND MINERALS INDUSTRY
DEPARTMENT: African Institute of South Africa (AISA)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9487

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Abstract

This chapter unpacks and broadens the understanding of the acid mine drainage (AMD) challenge. The chapter defines and describes the origin and chemistry of the complex formation processes of AMD, and its occurrence. The chapter also describes the spatial variability in quality of AMD derived from both coal and gold mines in South Africa.