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Developments in acid rock drainage prediction: A case study on the abandoned Croydon Au-mines, QLD, Australia


Parbhakar-Fox, A and Edraki, M and Walters, S, Developments in acid rock drainage prediction: A case study on the abandoned Croydon Au-mines, QLD, Australia, Proceedings of 10th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, 17-20 August 2009, Townsville, Australia, pp. 774-776. ISBN 978-0-9805-5868-5 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Fifty-one waste-rock samples collected from the abandoned Croydon Au-mines were categorised into ten mesotextural groups (A to J) and characterised by routine and advanced static geochemical tests to identify which groups are currently responsible for acid generation. Traditional net-acid producing potential (NAPP) test procedures confirmed the absence of effective and longer-term neutralising minerals. Advanced NAG tests were performed and the multi-addition NAG test was identified as the most efficient and accurate relative to the single addition NAG and sequential NAG tests. Mesotexture J (massive quartz-pyrite) and H (massive quartz-arsenopyrite-pyrite) were identified as extremely acid-generating with maximum multi-addition NAG values of 446 and 433 kgH2SO4/t respectively. A new classification approach of comparing paste pH values with a site-specific mineralogical ARD Index was trialled, and confirmed the extremely acid generating nature of mesotextures J and H. Future management of the site should focus remediation efforts on the removal or encapsulation of waste rock demonstrating these two mesotextures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:acid mine drainage, waste classification, mineralogy, texture
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geochemistry
Research Field:Exploration geochemistry
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Parbhakar-Fox, A (Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox)
ID Code:88586
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Earth Sciences
Deposited On:2014-02-07
Last Modified:2014-10-22

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