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Thermo-hydraulic behaviour of the vadose zone in sulphide tailings at Iberian Pyrite Belt: waste characterization, monitoring and modelling

Author
Blanco , A.; Lloret, A.; Carrera, J.; Olivella, S.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
Engineering geology
Date of publication
2013-10
Volume
165
First page
154
Last page
170
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enggeo.2013.05.022 Open in new window
Project funding
BIA2008-06614 Rotura progresiva y reactivación de grandes deslizamientos: Análisis, predicción y riesgos
URL
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013795213001981 Open in new window
Abstract
Unsaturated conditions favour the oxidation of sulphide minerals from mine wastes, which results in the release of contaminant products into groundwater. An abandoned high-sulphide impoundment in the Iberia Pyritic Belt, wherein tailings have undergone oxidation for more than 28. years, was investigated for hydrological purposes. The objective was to understand the interactions between those mining tailings and the atmosphere under natural semiarid conditions (wet and dry seasons, short intensiv...
Keywords
Evaporation, Iberian Pyrite Belt, In situ monitoring, Numerical modelling, Sulphide mine tailings, Unsaturated flow
Group of research
MSR - Soil and Rock Mechanics

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