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Mine Waste 7.5 credits

Second cycle, L7016K
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 4 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)
Earth Science and Physical Geography
Main field of study
Natural Resources Engineering, Geosciences

Entry requirements

90 credits in geoscience, including the course L0040K Geochemistry.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After the course the student should be able to:
• describe the main types of mining waste and explain and analyse the geochemical reactions and processes that are important in a mining waste context
• describe and give accounts of the strategies and solutions that are used to reduce the environmental impact from mining waste for an sustainble development
• perform and in written form present strategies and solutions to reduce the environmental impact at a mine site

Different types of mine wastes and mine waste production. Weathering of sulphidic mine wastes: acid-producing and acid-buffering reactions. Formation and dissolution of secondary minerals. Geochemical prediction tests. Passive and active remediation methods. Oxygen diffusion. Mine waters: classification, processes and treatment.

Basic theory is presented in the form of lectures and short exercises. The course includes project work, assignments and seminar.  The examination should result in a deeper understanding of the main elements of the course when students actively participate in the learning process.

The ability to describe, analyse and give accounts of the basic theory is examined in written and oral exams.

The course is given at an advanced level, and is included in the Civil engineer programme Naturresursteknik and in the masterprogramme Exploration and Environmental Geosciences. A study guide is available in the Fronter room for the course.

Transition terms

Lena Alakangas

Literature. Valid from Spring 2019 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Literature is announced before course start

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0015Written examG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryS19
0016SeminarU G#2.50MandatoryS19
0017Project workU G#1.00MandatoryS19
0018AssignmentsU G#1.00MandatoryS19

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 16 Jan 2020