Heavy Metals in Mine Waters of Diverse Mineralization of Polygenetic Ore-Magmatic System: Merisi Ore Cluster, Achara Region (Georgia)
The distribution of heavy metals in mine waters of a single polygenetic ore-magmatic system in Merisi, Georgia, has been studied using the standard methods of sampling, Spectrophotometry and AA Spectroscopy analyses. Mining and background waters, soils, and ores have been sampled and analyzed on pH, As, Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb, Zn, Co, and Sr. The research illustrates the dependence of heavy metals distribution on pH, the morphogenetical type of mineralization, ore composition, and other geological controls. The study has shown that the distribution of heavy metals in mine waters of the single polygenic ore-magmatic system generally having a homogeneous petrochemical and hydrogeochemical background, despite the presence of various morphogenetic types of mineralization, exhibits the same general regularities as the individual types of deposits. This conclusion is preliminary and needs to be confirmed at other similar sites as well.
KeywordsMine waters Heavy metals Polygenetic ore system Hydrogeochemistry of ore deposits Geo-ecology Merisi ore cluster
We appreciate the support for this research provided by the Democracy Commission Small Grant Program funded by the U.S. Embassy in Georgia.
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