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Author(s): Janine Figueiredo
Maria Cristina Vila
Joaquim Góis
Bárbara Pavani Biju
Aurora Futuro Silva
Diogo Martins
Maria de Lurdes Dinis
António Fiúza
Title: Bi-level depth assessment of an abandoned tailings dam aiming its reprocessing for recovery of valuable metals
Issue Date: 2019-03-15
Abstract: The present work was developed in the scope of ERA-MIN/0007/2015 REMinE project, aiming recover of valuable metals through reprocessing of abandoned mine waste deposits. Cabeco do Piao site, the Portuguese case study in this project, is an old tailings disposal whose property was transferred from Panasqueira Mine to the Municipality of Fundao. The material deposited in the dam constitutes a risk to the environment, in particular to Zezere's river that flows close to the bottom of the tailings pile and is a relevant contributor for the supply of drinking water. The study area was sampled at two different depths according to a regular grid. About fifty samples were collected and analyzed by X-ray fluorescence. The multivariate analysis of the chemical and the particle size data, allowed to establish mineralogical associations, proving to be a useful planning tool in a future selective re-mining of the tailings pile. Information extracted from the results of the principal component analysis was corroborated by the results of the geostatistical techniques applied to the analytical data.
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
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