International journal of mine water

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 31–44 | Cite as

The effects of bio-mechanisms on acidic mine drainage in coal mining

  • A. S. Atkins
  • F. D. Pooley


The paper outlines the effects of acid mine drainage on the ecology of the surface environment and describes the details of a laboratory test programme that investigated the actual role of micro-organisms in the formation of acid mine water. An example of the corrosive effects of acid mine water on mine pumping equipment is given. The paper enumerates various techniques that can be used to protect pumping equipment and mitigate the effects of pumping acid mine water on the life of pumping equipment.


Pyrite Acid Mine Drainage Sulphide Mineral Mine Drainage Ferric Sulphate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. S. Atkins
    • 1
  • F. D. Pooley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mining EngineeringNorth Staffordshire PolytechnicStoke-on-TrentEngland
  2. 2.Department of Mineral ExploitationUniversity CollegeCardiffUK

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