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Mineral Dust Emissions at Metalliferous Mine Sites


Noble, TL and Parbhakar-Fox, A and Berry, RF and Lottermoser, B, Mineral Dust Emissions at Metalliferous Mine Sites, Environmental Indicators in Metal Mining, Springer International Publishing, B Lottermoser (ed), Switzerland, pp. 281-306. ISBN 978-3-319-42729-4 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-42731-7_16


Mineral dusts produced from mining activities pose a risk to human health and the surrounding environment. The particle size distribution of dust is important for determining environmental, occupational health and physiological impacts. Dust is generally thought of as particulates with a diameter of between 1 and 60 μm, but it can be further divided into nuisance dust or total suspended particulates, fugitive dust, inhalable dust, thoracic dust, and respirable dust. This review considers aspects of mineral dust related to the mining of metalliferous ores including: (a) sources of mineral dust at mine sites (i.e. land clearing, drilling and blasting, transport operations, crushing, milling, screening, stockpiles); (b) control measures to reduce dust generation; (c) monitoring techniques; (d) mineral dust characterization to quantify particle concentration, size and morphology and chemical composition; and (e) prediction of mineral dust properties. Predicting the physical and mineralogical characteristics of dust is important for effective dust management and control strategies. At present, there are no appropriate testing procedures available to predict the chemical and mineralogical properties of mineral dust from mining operations. Further work is required to understand mineral fractionation according to grain size and to provide a rapid test methodology that would predict dust composition.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:dust, mining, human health, characterisation
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Geology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Noble, TL (Dr Taryn Noble)
UTAS Author:Parbhakar-Fox, A (Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox)
UTAS Author:Berry, RF (Associate Professor Ron Berry)
UTAS Author:Lottermoser, B (Professor Bernd Lottermoser)
ID Code:112029
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2016-10-21
Last Modified:2018-04-23

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