This is a welcome addition to the MAC series of Short Course Volumes, choosing as its theme the challenge presented to earth scientists by the weathering and draining of mine workings and waste piles. Chemical interaction of oxygen and water (ground and meteoric) with metalliferous wastes results in ‘acid mine drainage; or AMD, the movement of metal-contaminated acidic to neutral water into river systems and aquifers, often with serious to disastrous results. The book thus reflects the wider concern with the environmental and economic post-closure consequences of the exploitation of mineral resources, and the earth scientist’s central role in dealing...

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