Usually, tracer tests are conducted in or near mines to find connections from the surface to the mine or vice versa. Typical examples are tracer tests conducted in conjunction with numerical models to assess potential radioactive waste disposal sites (e.g. Lee 1984). All tracer tests in mines can be grouped based on their objectives:
  • assessing the risk or cause of mine water inrushes/inundations (Skowronek and Zmij 1977; Goldbrunner et al. 1982; Wittrup et al. 1986; Qiang et al. 1992; Lachmar 1994);

  • optimising mining strategy (Adelman et al. 1960; Reznik 1990; Williams and Kirschner 1992; Kirschner and Williams 1993);

  • evaluating the feasibility or effects of underground disposal of non-radioactive waste (Fried 1972; Himmelsbach and Wendland 1999);

  • evaluating potential underground disposal of radioactive waste (Abelin and Birgersson 1985; Brewitz et al. 1985; Galloway and Erickson 1985; Cacas et al. 1990; Lewis 1990; Birgersson et al. 1992; Hoehn et al. 1998; Sawada et al. 2000; hundreds of studies were conducted in the Stripa mine/Sweden, the Grimsel/Switzerland experimental site, and the Yucca Mountain/USA site);

  • subsidence studies (Mather et al. 1969); and

  • developing remediation strategies (Aldous and Smart 1987; Doornbos 1989; Aljoe and Hawkins 1993, 1994; Davis 1994a, 1994b; Wolkersdorfer 1996; Wolkersdorfer et al. 1997a; Canty and Everett 1998)


Mine Water Breakthrough Curve Fracture Network Underground Mine Karst Aquifer 
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