Volume IV-4/W4
ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., IV-4/W4, 335-338, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-4-W4-335-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
ISPRS Ann. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., IV-4/W4, 335-338, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-4-W4-335-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  13 Nov 2017

13 Nov 2017

MONITORING METAL POLLUTION LEVELS IN MINE WASTES AROUND A COAL MINE SITE USING GIS

D. Sanliyuksel Yucel1, M. A. Yucel2, and B. Ileri3 D. Sanliyuksel Yucel et al.
  • 1Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Engineering Faculty, Department of Mining Engineering, 17100 Canakkale, Turkey
  • 2Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Engineering Faculty, Department of Geomatics Engineering, 17100 Canakkale, Turkey
  • 3Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Engineering Faculty, Department of Environmental Engineering, 17100 Canakkale, Turkey

Keywords: Acid mine drainage/lake, coal mine, GIS, metal pollution, mine waste

Abstract. In this case study, metal pollution levels in mine wastes at a coal mine site in Etili coal mine (Can coal basin, NW Turkey) are evaluated using geographical information system (GIS) tools. Etili coal mine was operated since the 1980s as an open pit. Acid mine drainage is the main environmental problem around the coal mine. The main environmental contamination source is mine wastes stored around the mine site. Mine wastes were dumped over an extensive area along the riverbeds, and are now abandoned. Mine waste samples were homogenously taken at 10 locations within the sampling area of 102.33 ha. The paste pH and electrical conductivity values of mine wastes ranged from 2.87 to 4.17 and 432 to 2430 μS/cm, respectively. Maximum Al, Fe, Mn, Pb, Zn and Ni concentrations of wastes were measured as 109300, 70600, 309.86, 115.2, 38 and 5.3 mg/kg, respectively. The Al, Fe and Pb concentrations of mine wastes are higher than world surface rock average values. The geochemical analysis results from the study area were presented in the form of maps. The GIS based environmental database will serve as a reference study for our future work.