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Título: Metal and metalloid leaching from tailings into streamwater and sediments in the old Ag–Pb–Zn Terramonte mine, northern Portugal
Autor: Carvalho, P.C.S.
Neiva, A.M.R.
Silva, M.M.V.G.
Antunes, I.M.H.R.
Palavras-chave: Tailings
Stream sediments
As speciation
Old Ag–Pb–Zn
Terramonte mine
Data: 2014
Editora: Springer Verlag
Citação: CARVALHO, P.C.S. [et al.] (2013) - Metal and metalloid leaching from tailings into streamwater and sediments in the old Ag–Pb–Zn Terramonte mine, northern Portugal. Environ. Earth Sci. 71:5, p. 2029-2041. DOI: 10.1007/s12665-013-2605-7.
Resumo: Tailings deposited over the Castanheira, a stream which flows through the old Ag–Pb–Zn Terramonte mine area, showed a great potential environmental risk due to sulphide weathering, facilitated by the tailings–water interaction. The high concentrations of Al, Fe, Pb and Zn in the tailings are associated with the exchangeable, reducible and sulphide fractions and suggest sphalerite and pyrite occurrences. Oxidation of pyrite is responsible for the low pH values (3.38–4.89) of the tailings. The water from the Castanheira stream is not suitable for human consumption due to high concentrations of SO4 2−, Mn, Al, Cd, Ni, and Pb. The lowest concentrations of metals and metalloids were detected in downstream stretches of the Castanheira. However, As, Fe and Zn in deeper sediments tend to increase downstream. Significant concentrations of trivalent forms of arsenic were detected in water samples. In downstream stretches of the Castanheira, some free ions (Fe2+, Mn2+ and Zn2+) also predominate and the water is saturated with ferrihydrite, goethite, hematite, lepidocrosite and magnetite.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.11/3099
DOI: 10.1007/s12665-013-2605-7
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