E3S Web Conf.
Volume 98, 201916th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction (WRI-16) and 13th International Symposium on Applied Isotope Geochemistry (1st IAGC International Conference)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Water-Rock Interaction Controlling Water Quality and Human Health Issues|
|Published online||07 June 2019|
Thorium and Uranium distribution in a passive system for mine water treatment
Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN), DECN, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Estrada Nacional 10 (km 139.7), 2695-066 Bobadela, Portugal
2 Institute of Earth Sciences (ICT), Pole of the University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
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The abandoned Jales mining area is a sulphide-rich deposit (Northeast of Portugal). Acid mine drainage resulted from oxidation of sulphides is treated in a passive system with wetlands. The present work studies the thorium and uranium behaviour in the water and in the fine fractions of wetland soils throughout the passive treatment system. The evaluation of the efficiency of the all system was done determining metals concentration variation in the creek water upstream and downstream of the treated effluent discharge. The results point to higher efficiency to retain Th after summer than after winter. The opposite was found for uranium, which increases significantly in the creek water after summer and, in a lower extent, after winter. Also, Th and U have a tendency to increase in the fine fractions of the wetlands soils after summer, which can be explained by the longer water-soil contact/lower water dynamics. Nevertheless uranium has a much higher tendency to be in solution as revealed by a high concentration in the porewater of wetland soils. A relation of these actinides behaviour with the Fe and Mn distribution is not clear.
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