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Title: Abandoned mines and their impact on the environment: Case studies from Franklin and Sterling Mines, NJ and Rondout Quarry, NY

Abstract

Water logged abandoned mines have an impact on the environment. In this project we selected abandoned mines from two sets of different ore bodies to learn about their environmental impact. Franklin and Sterling Pb-Zn mines, NJ and the limestone quarry in Rondout formation, NY were selected as case study examples. In the Pb-Zn mines metalimestone is the country rock and in the Rondout quarry limestone is the country rock. Soil water samples from selected strategic locations were analyzed for toxic and related heavy metal elements such as Pb, Zn, Cd, Cr and U. The levels of concentrations of these elements varied from one location to another according to the chemistry of the ore body and the ground movement throughout the area. In particular Cd, Cr and U concentration were variable from Franklin to Sterling mine. However, in the Rondout limestone (cement) quarry, higher concentrations of Cr and lower concentrations of Pb and Zn were noted. We conclude that ore body chemistry, mine dumps and tailing contaminated ponds along with the ground water movement throughout the area have an impact on the ground water and nearby river/stream contaminant chemistry in the areas.

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Brooklyn College, NY (United States)|[Graduate School of the City University of New York, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
159983
Report Number(s):
CONF-9510208-
Journal ID: AABUD2; ISSN 0149-1423; TRN: 95:006835-0082
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AAPG Bulletin; Journal Volume: 79; Journal Issue: 9; Conference: American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Eastern Section meeting, Schnectady, NY (United States), 15-17 Oct 1995; Other Information: PBD: Sep 1995
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; MINES; ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS; REMEDIAL ACTION; NEW JERSEY; ABANDONED SITES; NEW YORK; METALS; ECOLOGICAL CONCENTRATION; GROUND WATER; ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT; SURFACE WATERS

Citation Formats

Kolkas, M.M., and Nehru, C.E. Abandoned mines and their impact on the environment: Case studies from Franklin and Sterling Mines, NJ and Rondout Quarry, NY. United States: N. p., 1995. Web.
Kolkas, M.M., & Nehru, C.E. Abandoned mines and their impact on the environment: Case studies from Franklin and Sterling Mines, NJ and Rondout Quarry, NY. United States.
Kolkas, M.M., and Nehru, C.E. Fri . "Abandoned mines and their impact on the environment: Case studies from Franklin and Sterling Mines, NJ and Rondout Quarry, NY". United States.
@article{osti_159983,
title = {Abandoned mines and their impact on the environment: Case studies from Franklin and Sterling Mines, NJ and Rondout Quarry, NY},
author = {Kolkas, M.M. and Nehru, C.E.},
abstractNote = {Water logged abandoned mines have an impact on the environment. In this project we selected abandoned mines from two sets of different ore bodies to learn about their environmental impact. Franklin and Sterling Pb-Zn mines, NJ and the limestone quarry in Rondout formation, NY were selected as case study examples. In the Pb-Zn mines metalimestone is the country rock and in the Rondout quarry limestone is the country rock. Soil water samples from selected strategic locations were analyzed for toxic and related heavy metal elements such as Pb, Zn, Cd, Cr and U. The levels of concentrations of these elements varied from one location to another according to the chemistry of the ore body and the ground movement throughout the area. In particular Cd, Cr and U concentration were variable from Franklin to Sterling mine. However, in the Rondout limestone (cement) quarry, higher concentrations of Cr and lower concentrations of Pb and Zn were noted. We conclude that ore body chemistry, mine dumps and tailing contaminated ponds along with the ground water movement throughout the area have an impact on the ground water and nearby river/stream contaminant chemistry in the areas.},
doi = {},
journal = {AAPG Bulletin},
number = 9,
volume = 79,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 1995},
month = {Fri Sep 01 00:00:00 EDT 1995}
}