Mine Water and the Environment

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 162–182

Contemporary Reviews of Mine Water Studies in Europe, Part 1

Technical Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10230-004-0060-0

Cite this article as:
Wolkersdorfer, C. & Bowell, R. Mine Water Environ (2004) 23: 162. doi:10.1007/s10230-004-0060-0


Europe once was the most important mining region in the world and nearly every European country has remnants of historic and even pre-historic mining sites. Though the importance of mining activities in most European countries declines, the abandoned sites are still there and can cause environmental dangers as well as technological challenges. On the bases of selected European countries and case studies, these dangers and challenges are described and potential solutions are illustrated.

Key words:

Abandoned mineAustriaEstoniaEuropeHungaryItalymine waterNetherlandsPADRE (Partnership for Acid Drainage Remediation in Europe)policySlovakiaUnited Kingdom

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© IMWA Springer-Verlag 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.(editors), Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Lehrstuhl für HydrogeologieFreiberg/SachsenGermany
  2. 2.(editors), SRK Consulting, Windsor CourtCardiff CF10 3BX, Wales