© 2002

Mine Water

Hydrology, Pollution, Remediation


Part of the Environmental Pollution book series (EPOL, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Paul L. Younger, Steven A. Banwart, Robert S. Hedin
    Pages 1-63
  3. Paul L. Younger, Steven A. Banwart, Robert S. Hedin
    Pages 65-126
  4. Paul L. Younger, Steven A. Banwart, Robert S. Hedin
    Pages 127-270
  5. Paul L. Younger, Steven A. Banwart, Robert S. Hedin
    Pages 271-309
  6. Paul L. Younger, Steven A. Banwart, Robert S. Hedin
    Pages 311-396
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 397-442

About this book


Nowhere is the conflict between economic progress and environmental quality more apparent than in the mineral extraction industries. The latter half of the 20th century saw major advances in the reclamation technologies. However, mine water pollution problems have not been addressed. In many cases, polluted mine water long outlives the life of the mining operation. As the true cost of long-term water treatment responsibilities has become apparent, interest has grown in the technologies that would decrease the production of contaminated water and make its treatment less costly. This is the first book to address the mine water issue head-on. The authors explain the complexities of mine water pollution by reviewing the hydrogeological context of its formation, and provide an up-to-date presentation of prevention and treatment technologies. The book will be a valuable reference for all professionals who encounter polluted mine water on a regular or occasional basis.


Water pollution environment hydrology mining pollution remediation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of NewcastleUK
  2. 2.University of SheffieldUK
  3. 3.Hedin EnvironmentalPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


From the reviews:

"I would recommend that all scientists, mining engineers and students who are involved in mine water work buy "Mine Water" by Younger et al., for it provides a one stop shop on issues of characterisation and remediation."
(Mine Water and the Environment, 21)
"Throughout this work, there is a consistent integration of engineering, chemistry, and microbiology. This comprehensive book is thoroughly researched and well written overall. There are clear and abundant schematics and many useful tables and graphs... This would also be an extremely useful textbook for students of mining engineering or mine reclamation."
(Journal of Environmental Quality, 32 (March-April 2003)

"This book introduces a synopsis of global mining techniques and follows with a comprehensive analysis of the impact of mine water by characterizing it from chemical and physical perspectives. … The authors, recognized leaders in the field of mine water treatment, are successful in relating this information from a multidisciplinary perspective. The engineering processes and physics and chemistry of mine wastes and remediation technologies are well documented throughout the text." (Aisling D. O’Sullivan, Ecological Engineering, Vol. 25, 2005)