Skip navigation

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Integrated geophysical and geochemical methods applied for recognition of acid waste drainage (AWD) from Zn-Pb post-flotation tailing pile (Olkusz, southern Poland)
Authors: Pierwoła, Jolanta
Szuszkiewicz, Marcin
Cabala, Jerzy
Jochymczyk, Krzysztof
Żogała, Bogdan
Magiera, Tadeusz
Keywords: Acid waste drainage (AWD); Zn-Pb flotation tailings; Vadoze zone; Geoelectrical and magnetic methods; SEM; EDS; XRD methods
Issue Date: 2020
Citation: "Environmental Science and Pollution Research" 2020 (article in press)
Abstract: Long-term underground exploitation of Zn-Pb ores has led to drainage of the area and formation of a huge dumping ground in the form of a pile. In its vicinity, processes of acid drainage have developed as a result of contamination of soils and groundwater. Geochemical transformations of mineral contents of waste can significantly affect physical and chemical properties of the soils and the bedrock. At the prospect of termination of the mining activity in the near future, determining the routes of the pollution migration, ability to monitor acid drainage processes and assessment of the risk of heavy metal pollution are really crucial. The paper presents a proposal for solving this problem by means of geophysical methods: Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT), Time Domain-Induced Polarisation (TDIP), Frequency Domain Electromagnetics (FDEM) and shallow-depth magnetometric surveys combined with geochemical investigations. The obtained results of geophysical surveys have been confirmed by geochemical investigations. The applied ERT and TDIP methods make it possible to identify the spread of the zones of pollution around the tailing pile, but their effectiveness depends on humidity of the ground. Soil magnetometry and shallow-depth induction profiling are a good tool to identify the medium contaminated with minerals redeposited by aeolian processes and allow to determine the range of the dust spread from the pile. It has been shown that the range of impact of the geochemical changes around the tailing pile is high and depends not only on directions and dynamics of water flow from the pile but also on aeolian transport.
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-020-08195-4
ISSN: 0944-1344
Appears in Collections:Artykuły (WNP)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Pierwola_Integrated_geophysical_and_geochemical_methods_applied_for_recognition.pdf6,64 MBAdobe PDFView/Open
Show full item record

Uznanie Autorstwa 3.0 Polska Creative Commons License Creative Commons