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Mine wastes and human health

Geoffrey S. Plumlee and Suzette A. Morman
Mine wastes and human health
Elements (December 2011) 7 (6): 399-404


Historical mining and mineral processing have been linked definitively to health problems resulting from occupational and environmental exposures to mine wastes. Modern mining and processing methods, when properly designed and implemented, prevent or greatly reduce potential environmental health impacts. However, particularly in developing countries, there are examples of health problems linked to recent mining. In other cases, recent mining has been blamed for health problems, but no clear links have been found. The types and abundances of potential toxicants in mine wastes are predictably influenced by the geologic characteristics of the deposit being mined. Hence, Earth scientists can help understand, anticipate, and mitigate potential health issues associated with mining and mineral processing.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 7
Serial Issue: 6
Title: Mine wastes and human health
Affiliation: U. S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO, United States
Pages: 399-404
Published: 201112
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 29
Accession Number: 2012-012633
Categories: Environmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201207
Program Name: USGSOPNon-USGS publications with USGS authors
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