Environmental Earth Sciences

, Volume 72, Issue 6, pp 1915–1924 | Cite as

Artificial geochemical barriers for environmental improvement in a coal basin region

  • N. Maximovich
  • E. KhayrulinaEmail author
Original Article


In the Urals (Russia), in the territory of the closed Kisel Coal basin acid mine water is a source of contamination. The authors suggest using artificial geochemical barriers as an efficient method for environmental improvement in this coal basin region. Alkaline waste products were used for barrier creation. Waste products are non-toxic and consist of 70–80 % calcite (CaCO3). According to tests they are capable of neutralizing mine water and to precipitate iron, aluminum, heavy metals. The scientific basis for the creation of geochemical barriers for environmental improvement is presented.


Geochemical barrier Acid mine water Neutralization Alkaline waste product 



This work was supported by a grand of Ministry of Education and Science No. 14.B37.21.0603. Many thanks to Judy Palmer and professor Robert Finkelman.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Natural Science of Perm State UniversityPermRussia

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