Acidic Pit Lakes

The Legacy of Coal and Metal Surface Mines

  • Walter Geller
  • Martin Schultze
  • Robert Kleinmann
  • Christian Wolkersdorfer

Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)

Also part of the Environmental Science book sub series (ENVSCIENCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Walter Geller, Martin Schultze
    Pages 1-10
  3. Martin Schultze
    Pages 11-22
  4. Martin Schultze
    Pages 23-224
  5. Walter Geller
    Pages 265-435
  6. Walter Geller, Martin Schultze
    Pages 437-449
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 451-525

About this book


This monograph provides an international perspective on pit lakes in post-mining landscapes, including the problem of geogenic acidification. Much has been learned during the last decade through research and practical experience on how to mitigate or remediate the environmental problems of acidic pit lakes. In the first part of the book, general scientific issues are presented in 21 contributions from the fields of geo-environmental science, water chemistry, lake physics, lake modeling, and on the peculiar biological features that occur in the extreme habitats of acidic pit lakes. Another chapter provides an overview of methods currently used to remediate acidic pit lakes and treat outflowing acidic water. The second part of the book is a collection of regional surveys of pit lake problems from three European countries and Australia, and case studies of various individual representative lakes. A final case study provides an innovative approach to assessing the economic value of new pit lakes and balancing the costs and benefits, a valuable tool for decision makers.


Environment Hydrogeochemistry Hydrogeology Mining Pit lakes

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter Geller
    • 1
  • Martin Schultze
    • 2
  • Robert Kleinmann
    • 3
  • Christian Wolkersdorfer
    • 4
  1. 1.Environmental Research - UFZHelmholtz Centre forMagdeburgGermany
  2. 2.Environmental Research - UFZ, Lake ResearchHelmholtz Centre forMagdeburgGermany
  3. 3.PittsburghUSA
  4. 4., Mine Water Remediation & ManagementCape Breton UniversitySydneyCanada

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