Understanding the long-term seepage chemistry of base metal mine tailings in a semi-arid tropical climate, Mount Isa, Australia

Forsyth, B., Edraki, M. and Baumgartl, T. (2011). Understanding the long-term seepage chemistry of base metal mine tailings in a semi-arid tropical climate, Mount Isa, Australia. In: Proceedings of the 7th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD). 7th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD), Darwin, Australia, (105-116). 21-24 June 2011.

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Author Forsyth, B.
Edraki, M.
Baumgartl, T.
Title of paper Understanding the long-term seepage chemistry of base metal mine tailings in a semi-arid tropical climate, Mount Isa, Australia
Conference name 7th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD)
Conference location Darwin, Australia
Conference dates 21-24 June 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 7th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD)
Place of Publication Indooroopilly, QLD, Australia
Publisher JKTech
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780975030479
Start page 105
End page 116
Total pages 12
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This study is based at Xstrata Mount Isa Mines in North-West Queensland, Australia, and aims to address the knowledge gaps in metalliferous drainage formation during the early stages of tailings weathering and in climates where dry season evaporation and wet season rainfall drives contaminant release and attenuation from the tailings storage facility. To date, little has been published regarding seepage formation under these conditions, and indeed, the geochemistry of Mount Isa tailings, one of Australia’s largest and longest operating mine sites. This paper introduces some of the more critical aspects of tailings geochemistry at Mount Isa with emphasis on factors influencing long-term seepage chemistry such as site geology, hydrology, mineral processing, climate and time since deposition.
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Created: Thu, 20 Oct 2011, 11:58:19 EST by Thomas Baumgartl on behalf of Centre For Mined Land Rehabilitation