MSc-PhD SHORT COURSE
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY OF ORE
DEPOSITS AND MINING ACTIVITIES (ARD),
May 27 - June 1, 2013
Ore deposits, especially when mined and processed, are a potential environmental hazard. Exposure of fresh rock surfaces during mining, as well as the produced crushed and milled waste, will be subject to weathering processes, causing large-scale environmental damage if not sufficiently managed. Sulfide-bearing mineralization, in particular, is readily oxidized at surface, and has the potential to produce acid rock drainage (ARD), as well as release of heavy metals. Significant contamination of surface and groundwater may readily result from these two processes. In addition to the contamination threat, there is also a geotechnical threat to the environment; tailings dams, and waste rock piles may fail if poorly designed, mismanaged or subject to physical/geochemical weathering. Field trips and laboratory exercises are very important part of this course.
The potential environmental threat of a mine (or an un-mined mineral/ore deposit) can only be understood and managed through specific knowledge of mineralogy and geochemistry, hydrogeology, and geotechnical engineering. The course will therefore provide students with the basic knowledge required to evaluate the potential environmental hazard of a given property from a regulatory perspective and to understand the environmental aspects of the existing or planned operation.
Credits: 5 ECTS for students registered at European universities
Cost: STUDENTS: May 27-June 1, Euro 650, including room and board (6 days).
PROFESSIONALS: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooperation: The class is taught in cooperation with University of Miskolc, as a Master and PhD level course, by Dr. Ingar Walder and Dr. Ferenc Madai
Location : Kjeøy, in Lofoten, Northern
Norway, Nearest airport Harstad/Narvik -
Evenes serviced by www.SAS.no and
Contact : Ingar Walder