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Underwater Tailing Placement at Island Copper Mine: A Success Story

Underwater Tailing Placement at Island Copper Mine: A Success Story


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This book documents the most extensive study ever on the use of deep sea tailing placement at the Island Copper Mine on Canada’s Vancouver Island. The study examined all aspects of this innovative program which utilized 400 million tons of tailing solids, beginning with its initial implementation in 1971 to five years after the mine’s closure in 1995. Coverage includes placement program, engineering, chemical, biological, cost savings and environmental considerations. Includes 8 color pages.

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ISBN-13: 9780873352147
Publisher: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 0.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Deep Sea Tailing Placement
Selection of Subsea Tailing Placement
Engineering Challenges and Solutions
The History of the Morphological Change on the Seafloor of Rupert and Holberg Inlets
Geochemistry: Chemical Stabilities of Tailings Sediment
Changes in Physical and Chemical Properties of Rupert Inlet Waters
Changes in the Biological Properties of the Pelagic Environment of Rupert Inlet Waters During 22 Years of Mine Operations
Seabed Biodiversity and Island Copper Mine: Impact and Recovery
Underwater Biodiversity Surveys and Biological Colonization of the Waste Dump Shoreline
Fisheries, Tailings Bioassays, Trace Metal Bioaccumulation in Benthos, and Settling Plates
Postclosure Rehabilitation and Assessment of Inlet System

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