Uranium in the Environment

Mining Impact and Consequences

Editors: Merkel, Broder J., Hasche-Berger, Andrea (Eds.)

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Uranium is an element to be found ubiquitous in rock, soil, and water. Uranium concentrations in natural ground water can be more than several hundreds µg/l without impact from mining, nuclear industry, and fertilizers. Considering the WHO recommendation for drinking water of 15 µg/l (has been as low as 2 µg/l before) due to the chemical toxicity of uranium the element uranium has become an important issue in environmental research. Besides natural enrichment of uranium in aquifers uranium mining and milling activities, further uranium processing to nuclear fuel, emissions form burning coal and oil, and the application of uranium containing phosphate fertilizers may enrich the natural uranium concentrations in soil and water by far. In October 1995 the first international conference on Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology (UMH I) was held in Freiberg being organized by the Department of Geology at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg by the support of the Saxon State Ministry of Geology and Environment. Due to the large scientific interest in the topic of uranium a second conference (UMH II) took place in Freiberg in September 1998. Furthermore, in September 2002 scientists working on the topic of uranium mining and hydrogeology attended the third conference (UMH III) which was jointly held together with the International Mine Water - sociation (IMWA) Symposium 2002. The reviewed papers and posters of the 2002 conference have been published by Springer entitled Uranium in the aquatic en- ronment (edited by Merkel, Planer-Friedrich and Wolkersdorfer).

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From the reviews:

"Andrea Hasche-Berger and Broder J. Merkel did a magnificent job in gathering together 92 contributions within a short time interval for rapid publication. … the book’s figures appear in a good black-and-white quality, and additionally all articles are published in colour on the accompanying CD-ROM, enabling the reader to really use all the figures. … The book is a good source that gives an overview on the international work in the field of uranium … ." (Andreas Winkler, Environmental Geology, Vol. 51, 2006)


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Long term fate of uranium tailings in mountain areas

    Broder J. Merkel

    Pages 47-56

  • Rock phosphates and P fertilizers as sources of U contamination in agricultural soils

    Sylvia Kratz, Ewald Schnug

    Pages 57-67

  • Monitoring of natural radionuclides in soils as a tool for precision farming - methodical aspects

    Michael Tauchnitz, Detlev Degering, Carsten Pretzschner, et al.

    Pages 69-77

  • Depleted Uranium (DU ) — Chemo- and Radiotoxicity

    Albrecht Schott, Richard A. Brand, Joachim Kaiser, Dietmar Schmidt

    Pages 165-174

  • Dynamical Models for Uranium Leaching — Production and Remediation Cases

    Harald Kalka, Horst Märten, Rene Kahnt

    Pages 235-245

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Uranium in the Environment
Book Subtitle
Mining Impact and Consequences
Editors
  • Broder J. Merkel
  • Andrea Hasche-Berger
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-28367-6
DOI
10.1007/3-540-28367-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-28363-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 897
Topics