Uranium in the Environment

Mining Impact and Consequences

  • Broder J. Merkel
  • Andrea Hasche-Berger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Hartmut Biele, Stephanie Hurst
    Pages 1-9
  3. Manfred Hagen, Alexander Thomas Jakubick
    Pages 11-26
  4. Michael Tauchnitz, Detlev Degering, Carsten Pretzschner, Thomas Wonik, Juergen Boess
    Pages 69-77
  5. Diane A. Blake, Haini Yu, Elizabeth A. James, Xia Li, Robert C. Blake
    Pages 87-95
  6. John Mahoney, Donald Langmuir, John Rowson
    Pages 97-106
  7. Susanne Sachs, Gerhard Geipel, Jens Mibus, Gert Bernhard
    Pages 107-116
  8. Andreas C. Scheinost, Christoph Hennig, Andrea Somogyi, Gemma Martinez-Criado, Reinhard Knappik
    Pages 117-126
  9. Dagmar Schönwiese, Thomas Brasser, Ulrich Noseck
    Pages 127-135
  10. Kai-Uwe Ulrich, André Rossberg, Andreas C. Scheinost, Harald Foerstendorf, Harald Zänker, Ulf Jenk
    Pages 137-147
  11. Holger Dienemann, Claudia Dienemann, E. Gert Dudel
    Pages 149-157
  12. Albrecht Schott, Richard A. Brand, Joachim Kaiser, Dietmar Schmidt
    Pages 165-174
  13. Hildegarde Vandenhove, Ann Cuypers, May van Hees, Jean Wannijn
    Pages 175-182
  14. Linda A. Figueroa, Bruce D. Honeyman, James F. Ranville
    Pages 183-190

About this book


Uranium is an element to be found ubiquitous in rock, soil, and water. Uranium concentrations in natural ground water can be more than several hundreds µg/l without impact from mining, nuclear industry, and fertilizers. Considering the WHO recommendation for drinking water of 15 µg/l (has been as low as 2 µg/l before) due to the chemical toxicity of uranium the element uranium has become an important issue in environmental research. Besides natural enrichment of uranium in aquifers uranium mining and milling activities, further uranium processing to nuclear fuel, emissions form burning coal and oil, and the application of uranium containing phosphate fertilizers may enrich the natural uranium concentrations in soil and water by far. In October 1995 the first international conference on Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology (UMH I) was held in Freiberg being organized by the Department of Geology at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg by the support of the Saxon State Ministry of Geology and Environment. Due to the large scientific interest in the topic of uranium a second conference (UMH II) took place in Freiberg in September 1998. Furthermore, in September 2002 scientists working on the topic of uranium mining and hydrogeology attended the third conference (UMH III) which was jointly held together with the International Mine Water - sociation (IMWA) Symposium 2002. The reviewed papers and posters of the 2002 conference have been published by Springer entitled Uranium in the aquatic en- ronment (edited by Merkel, Planer-Friedrich and Wolkersdorfer).


Engineering Geochemistry Geosciences Groundwater Hydrology Microbiology Soil Science emissions environment hydrogeology mining radioactive waste remediation toxicity

Editors and affiliations

  • Broder J. Merkel
    • 1
  • Andrea Hasche-Berger
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für GeologieTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-28367-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-28363-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-28367-6
  • About this book