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Mobilisation of arsenic from bauxite residue (red mud) affected soils : effect of pH and redox conditions (2014)
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Lockwood, C. L., Mortimer, R. J., Stewart, D. I., Mayes, W. M., Peacock, C. L., Polya, D. A., …Burke, I. T. (2014). Mobilisation of arsenic from bauxite residue (red mud) affected soils : effect of pH and redox conditions. Applied geochemistry : journal of the International Association of Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry, 51(December), 268-277. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2014.10.009

The tailings dam breach at the Ajka alumina plant, western Hungary in 2010 introduced ∼1 million m³ of red mud suspension into the surrounding area. Red mud (fine fraction bauxite residue) has a characteristically alkaline pH and contains several pot... Read More

Geochemical recovery of the Torna-Marcal river system after the Ajka red mud spill, Hungary (2014)
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Anton, Á. D., Klebercz, O., Magyar, Á., Burke, I. T., Jarvis, A. P., Gruiz, K., & Mayes, W. M. (2014). Geochemical recovery of the Torna-Marcal river system after the Ajka red mud spill, Hungary. Environmental science--processes & impacts, 16(12), 2677-2685. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4em00452c

The failure of the Ajka red mud depository in October 2010 led to the largest single release of red mud into the surface water environment. This study provides a comparative assessment of stream sediment quality in the Torna–Marcal–Rába catchment bet... Read More

The potential use of exhausted open pit mine voids as sinks for atmospheric CO2: Insights from natural reedbeds and mine water treatment wetlands (2014)
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Younger, P. L., & Mayes, W. M. (2015). The potential use of exhausted open pit mine voids as sinks for atmospheric CO2: Insights from natural reedbeds and mine water treatment wetlands. Mine Water and the Environment, 34(1), 112-120. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10230-014-0293-5

Abandoned surface mine voids are often left to flood, forming pit lakes. Drawing simple but important lessons from experiences with compost-based passive remediation systems for acidic mine waters, an alternative end-use for open pit mine voids is pr... Read More

Red mud a byproduct of aluminum production contains soluble vanadium that causes genotoxic and cytotoxic effects in higher plants (2014)
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Mišík, M., Burke, I. T., Reismüller, M., Pichler, C., Rainer, B., Mišíková, K., …Knasmueller, S. (2014). Red mud a byproduct of aluminum production contains soluble vanadium that causes genotoxic and cytotoxic effects in higher plants. The Science of the total environment, 493, 883-890. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.06.052

Red mud (RM) is a byproduct of aluminum production; worldwide between 70 and 120 million tons is produced annually. We analyzed RM which was released in the course of the Kolontar disaster in Hungary into the environment in acute and genotoxicity exp... Read More

Rapid recovery of benthic invertebrates downstream of hyperalkaline steel slag discharges (2014)
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Hull, S. L., Oty, U. V., & Mayes, W. M. (2014). Rapid recovery of benthic invertebrates downstream of hyperalkaline steel slag discharges. Hydrobiologia, 736(1), 83-97. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-014-1894-5

This study assesses the physical and chemical characteristics of hyperalkaline steel slag leachate from a former steelworks on two streams in England and their impacts on benthic invertebrate communities. Using multivariate methods (CCA), we related... Read More