Title: A Review of Saline Mine Waters in the Silesian Region and Methods for Managing them 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> report 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2004 
Availability: 1st IMAGE-TRAIN Case Study, 2002, A Review of Saline Mine Waters in the Silesian Region and Methods for Managing them http://www.image-train.net/products/CS1_Saline_Mine_Waters.pdf 
Author 1/Producer: 1st IMAGE-TRAIN Case Study 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.image-train.net/products/CS1_Saline_Mine_Waters.p ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Contaminants-->Others
Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Long description: Mine water management is significant in many of the active and abandoned mining districts of Europe. Problems with metal-rich waters are the most widespread, and have consequently been studied most in terms of the development of sustainable, long-term solutions to such problems. In some of the major coalfields of Europe, however, saline mine waters are even more problematic. It is not unusual for these mine waters to have salinities five times as great as that of the Atlantic Ocean, which clearly makes their disposal in inland freshwater rivers a problem unless desalination is implemented. The following review, which focuses in particular on the Silesian coal basins, will address the impacts that saline mine waters are having on freshwater ecosystems and water resources and look at the most cost-effective desalination strategies, including measures which can be taken to minimise the production of saline mine waters from the mines. The review also includes case studies from Spain and Germany, which show the problems they are facing with saline mine water and how the situation is not confined to Poland. 
Link to Project(s): IMAGE-TRAIN Innovative Management of Groundwater Resources- Training Programme for EU Accession Countries
Submitted By: Dr Stefan Gödeke WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 18/10/2006

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