Eco-Sustainable Treatment for Mine Waters

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 27 September 2024 | Viewed by 192

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Claire Côte
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Guest Editor
Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
Interests: environmental excellence through the mining cycle; integrated mine planning; innovations in mine water management
Dr. Mansour Edraki
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Guest Editor
Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
Interests: geochemistry; transformations and fate of contaminants, particularly acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD); the sustainable management of mine waste and mine water
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Resolving the impacts of mining on water quality remains a challenge. Contamination of water can result from different interrelated factors, such as geological background, climate, geochemistry, biochemistry, commodity, mine type, and processing method. Many water treatment technologies have been developed. Active technologies such as membrane filtration, adsorption, ion exchange, and thermal distillation can remove a wide range of contaminants from mine water, but their energy demand, cost, and maintenance requirements have led to low uptake by the industry. Moreover, treatment technologies that require continuous use of chemicals and produce large amounts of sludge or brine can lead to poor sustainability outcomes. Passive technologies such as constructed wetlands, anoxic limestone drains, or permeable reactive barriers have emerged as alternative options. They tend to be more cost-effective, due to their lower energy demand and lower operational inputs, but implementation often requires access to large areas of land. Fluctuations in flow magnitude and contaminant concentrations may reduce treatment efficiency, reducing their long-term reliability.  Whilst there is broad consensus on the ability of technologies to remove contaminants and produce water of a required quality in controlled conditions where flows and contaminant concentrations are relatively stable, there remains challenges in adapting these technologies to mine site conditions, particularly variable flow rates.

This Special Issue seeks to gather the best available knowledge for the eco-sustainable treatment of mine water. We encourage submission of papers describing innovative approaches over the whole mine life cycle, from exploration to closure, and proposing paradigm shifts in the way we can simultaneously address the twin challenges of (1) decontaminating mine water at scale, so that it can be converted into a resource and made available as supply suitable for a range of societal uses, and (2) selectively extracting and recovering metals and other valuable materials through the treatment process in forms that can be used for the delivery of further value.

Dr. Claire Côte
Dr. Mansour Edraki
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • mine water contamination
  • mine water treatment
  • sustainable mine water management
  • acid mine drainage
  • metal removal
  • bioremediation
  • sludge minimization
  • brine minimization
  • recovery of critical elements

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Title: Towards a circular economy in the mining industry: Possible solutions for water recovery through advanced mineral tailings dewatering

2. Title: Challenges and opportunities in mine water treatment and the potential of hybrid treatment processes at mine closure

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