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Professor Paul Younger
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Waters draining from abandoned coal or metals mines are often regarded as an environmental threat. Historical examples from the lead and coal mining industries of central and northeastern England illustrate that mine waters can also be regarded as an important resource in terms of 1) baseflow for effluent dilution; 2) drinking or industrial waters; 3) flocculating agents for sewage or water treatment; 4) spa waters; 5) sources of industrial minerals, including alkali metals and barium; and 6) a source of iron oxides or sulphates for tanning or pigmentation purposes. An appreciation of the potential economic value of mine waters and their contents is essential for the design of cost-effective treatment options.
Author(s): Banks D, Younger PL, Dumpleton S
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Hydrogeology Journal
Print publication date: 01/01/1996
ISSN (print): 1431-2174
ISSN (electronic): 1435-0157
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