Several geochemical investigations were conducted as part of a pre-feasibility study (PFS) for a mineral sands deposit to determine whether mining activities will promote acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD), and the potential effects of AMD on process water quality and groundwater quality.
A combination of field techniques was used to ‘screen’ samples for more thorough static and kinetic investigations. The correlation of field and laboratory results have indicated the value of field testing in obtaining a rapid indication of potential contaminants of concern and in identifying lithological units to be targeted for further testing and mine waste management.
Landers, M. and B. Usher. 2012. “Acid Metalliferous Leaching of a Mineral Sands Deposit: From Field to Laboratory,” in: International Mine Water Association Annual Conference, Bunbury, Australia, September 30 – October 4, 2012. Accessed April 28, 2014. http://www.imwa.info/docs/imwa_2012/IMWA2012_Landers_215.pdf.
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