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Title: The rum Jungle tailings dam - chemical profile of the subsoil
Authors: Lowson, RT
Evans, JV
Sarbutt, JV
Sinclair, G
Folk, E
Keywords: Rum Jungle Mine
Uranium mines
Issue Date: Sep-1987
Publisher: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
Citation: Lowson, R. T., Evans, J. V., Sarbutt, J. V., Sinclair, G., & Folk. E. (1987). The rum jungle tailings dam : chemical profile of the subsoil. Lucas Heights, N.S.W.: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights Research Laboratories.
Abstract: In a survey of soils below the Rum Jungle uranium mine tailings dam parameters measured were pH moisture content particle distribution total Cu water-extractable Cu, Ca and SO4 and acid-extractable Ra. The cation profile had a marked discontinuity at the soil/tailings interface. This was attributed to a complex hydrogeology and to the presence of a reduction zone in the soil immediately below the tailings. The tailings acted as an aquaclude to a water table which fluctuated with the monsoonal season. The reduction zone acted as a cation trap preventing cation transport. The radium concentration dropped to levels acceptable to public health within a few centimetres of the soil/tailings interface.
Gov't Doc #: 663
ISBN: 0642598681
ISSN: 10307745
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