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Bibliography for acid-rock drainage and selected acid-mine drainage issues related to acid-rock drainage from transportation activities

March 16, 2015

Acid-rock drainage occurs through the interaction of rainfall on pyrite-bearing formations. When pyrite (FeS2) is exposed to oxygen and water in mine workings or roadcuts, the mineral decomposes and sulfur may react to form sulfuric acid, which often results in environmental problems and potential damage to the transportation infrastructure. The accelerated oxidation of pyrite and other sulfidic minerals generates low pH water with potentially high concentrations of trace metals. Much attention has been given to contamination arising from acid mine drainage, but studies related to acid-rock drainage from road construction are relatively limited. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, is conducting an investigation to evaluate the occurrence and processes controlling acid-rock drainage and contaminant transport from roadcuts in Tennessee. The basic components of acid-rock drainage resulting from transportation activities are described and a bibliography, organized by relevant categories (remediation, geochemical, microbial, biological impact, and secondary mineralization) is presented.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2015
Title Bibliography for acid-rock drainage and selected acid-mine drainage issues related to acid-rock drainage from transportation activities
DOI 10.3133/ofr20151016
Authors Michael W. Bradley, Scott C. Worland
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2015-1016
Index ID ofr20151016
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Tennessee Water Science Center

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