Water Resources Management

, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 1275–1289 | Cite as

Time Evolution of an AMD-Affected River Chemical Makeup

  • M. L. de la TorreEmail author
  • J. A. Grande
  • A. Jiménez
  • J. Borrego
  • J. M. Díaz Curiel


Acid mine drainage is the main problem encountered by sulphide mining operations, not only because of its ecological aspects, but also because, once it appears, it is very difficult to remediate both technologically and economically. This paper characterises the response of an acid mine drainage-affected channel in the Iberian Pyrite Belt (Southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, Huelva, Spain) to the stimulus of rainfall in its drainage basin by studying the cause–effect relationships between sulphate, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, arsenic and cadmium concentrations in water samples taken at three points and rainfall in the zone.


Acid mine drainage Sulphate Heavy metals Rainfall 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. de la Torre
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. A. Grande
    • 1
  • A. Jiménez
    • 1
  • J. Borrego
    • 2
  • J. M. Díaz Curiel
    • 3
  1. 1.Grupo de Recursos y Calidad del Agua. Escuela Politécnica SuperiorUniversidad de HuelvaPalos de la FronteraSpain
  2. 2.Grupo de Geología Costera, Facultad de Ciencias ExperimentalesCampus Universitario El Carmen, Universidad de HuelvaHuelvaSpain
  3. 3.Departamento de Ingeniería GeológicaUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain

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