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Precipitation of heavy metals from acid mine drainage and their geochemical modeling

Aneta Petrilakova
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Published Online: 2014-06-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/sspjce-2014-0009


Geochemical modeling plays an increasingly vital role in a number of areas of geoscience, ranging from groundwater and surface water hydrology to environmental preservation and remediation. Geochemical modeling is also used to model the interaction processes at the water - sediment interface in acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD contains high concentrations of sulfate and dissolved metals and it is a serious environmental problem in eastern Slovakia. The paper is focused on comparing the results of laboratory precipitation of metal ions from AMD (the Smolnik creek, Slovakia) with the results obtained by geochemical modeling software Visual Minteq 3.0.

Keywords : geochemical modeling; precipitation; acid mine drainage


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Published Online: 2014-06-06

Published in Print: 2014-06-01

Citation Information: Selected Scientific Papers - Journal of Civil Engineering, Volume 9, Issue 1, Pages 79–86, ISSN (Online) 1338-7278, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/sspjce-2014-0009.

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