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Environmental pollution produced by gold artisanal mining in the Mapiri river basin, Apolobamba, Bolivia

Author
Villegas, K. S.; Alfonso, P.; Higueras, P.; Palacios, S.; Esbrí, J. M.; García-Noguero, E. M.
Type of activity
Presentation of work at congresses
Name of edition
European Mineralogical Conference 2012
Date of publication
2012
Presentation's date
2012-09
Book of congress proceedings
European Mineralogical Conference, 2012, vol. 1, EMC2012-424
First page
1
Project funding
Optimización de recursos y mitigación de la contaminación ambiental producida por la minería en Bolivia
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/116747 Open in new window
URL
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EMC2012/EMC2012-721-1.pdf Open in new window
Abstract
Mining activity is very important in Bolivia since colonial times. Today it has been reactivated, especially gold mining, due to rise in metal prices. Artisanal and small-scale mining activities are abundant in the protected area of Apolobamba, near the border with Peru. Here mercury is used to recovery gold by obtaining an Hg-Au amalgam. This manipulation with mercury causes an important environmental impact in the area. The present work is a preliminary study of the contamination of the Mapiri...
Citation
Villegas, K. S., Alfonso, P., Higueras, P., Palacios, S., Esbrí, J. M., García-Noguero, E. M. Environmental pollution produced by gold artisanal mining in the Mapiri river basin, Apolobamba, Bolivia. A: European Mineralogical Conference. "European Mineralogical Conference Vol. 1". 2012.
Group of research
GREMS - Sustainable Mining Research Group
SSR-UPC - Smart Sustainable Resources

Participants

  • Villegas Flores, Karla Stephanie  (author and speaker )
  • Alfonso Abella, María Pura  (author and speaker )
  • Higueras Higueras, Pablo León  (author and speaker )
  • Palacios Ubach, Silvia  (author and speaker )
  • Esbrí, José María  (author and speaker )
  • García Noguero, Eva María  (author and speaker )

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