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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B13/S3.049

MN MINING WASTES AS AN INDIUSTRIAL INCOME FOR CONCRETE PRODUCTION: INVENTORY OF WASTE-DUMPS AND RESOURCES ESTIMATION IN THE IBERIAN PYRITE BELT, SW SPAIN

T. Valente, J. A. Grande; F. Salguero; A. Sanchez
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-09-4 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 1, Vol. 3, 371-378 pp

ABSTRACT
The present work aims to evaluate the possibility of achieving an environmental and economic valorisation of Mn-wastes through their recycling for concrete production. The study area is located in the Spanish sector of the Iberian Pyrite Belt (IPB), where there are numerous abandoned mine-waste dumps, resulted from exploitation of manganese mines. The methodological approach included field surveys for elaborating an inventory and a general map of all the abandoned exploitations, remote sensing methods for identifying old mines and for estimation of affected areas; and laboratory analyses for characterizing the mine wastes regarding evaluation of their potential as filler for concrete production. The obtained results indicated the existence of 149 mines, representing a total affected area of 235 ha. Among these waste dumps, about eleven of them have more than 10 000 m3 of Mn-gangue with chemical composition compatible with the normative for concrete production. The recycling of such wastes may accomplish two main purposes: to supply the market with low cost aggregates and, simultaneously, to contribute for the environmental rehabilitation of the affected areas.

Keywords: Manganese gangue, mining waste-dumps, recycling, filler, Iberian Pyrite Belt