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Mercury pollution from the artisanal mining in Yani gold district, Northern Bolivia

Author
Alfonso, P.; Freixas, A.; Bascompta, M.; Aranibar, A.M.; Villegas, K.; García-Noguero, E. M.; Higueras, P.; Saraiva, A.C.
Type of activity
Presentation of work at congresses
Name of edition
European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016
Date of publication
2016
Presentation's date
2016-04
Book of congress proceedings
Geophysical research abstracts, 2016, vol. 18, EGU2016-11223
First page
1
Publisher
European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/116669 Open in new window
URL
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/EGU2016-11223.pdf Open in new window
Abstract
Artisanal gold mining is the main economic activity in the Yani district, Northern Bolivia. In this area abundant orogenic gold deposits constituted by quartz veins hosted in paleozoic turbiditic series that contain either free gold or associated with pyrite. Gold is recovered in processing plants by gravimetric methods using shaking tables in several communities of this district. Previously, miners ground the mineral in ball mills together with mercury. The present study aims to evaluate the ef...
Citation
Alfonso, P., Freixas, A., Bascompta, M., Aranibar, A. M., Villegas, K., García-Noguero, E.M., Higueras, P., Saraiva, A.C. Mercury pollution from the artisanal mining in Yani gold district, Northern Bolivia. A: European Geosciences Union General Assembly. "Geophysical research abstracts, 2016, vol. 18, EGU2016-11223". European Geosciences Union (EGU), 2016.
Keywords
Bolívia, Cabells, Contaminació, Mercuri, Mineria
Group of research
GREMS - Sustainable Mining Research Group
SSR-UPC - Smart Sustainable Resources

Participants

  • Alfonso Abella, María Pura  (author and speaker )
  • Freixas Muñoz, Anna  (author and speaker )
  • Bascompta Massanes, Marc  (author and speaker )
  • Aranibar Jiménez, Ana María  (author and speaker )
  • Villegas Flores, Karla Stephanie  (author and speaker )
  • García Noguero, Eva María  (author and speaker )
  • Higueras Higueras, Pablo León  (author and speaker )
  • Saraiva, Angela Cielito  (author and speaker )

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