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Some chemical characteristics of mine drainage in Illinois

Open-File Report 80-416

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Abstract

Surface mining for coal in Illinois has affected runoff from the mined areas and altered water quality in the streams. Average annual sulfate loads in streams are 3,000 to 4,000 tons per square mile of mined land in the Big Muddy and Saline River basins in southern Illinois. Relative high concentrations of dissolved aluminum, arsenic, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, and zinc are commonly associated with concentrations of sulfate greater than about 2,000 milligrams per liter.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Some chemical characteristics of mine drainage in Illinois
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
80-416
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1980
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
v, 52 p. ill., maps ;29 cm.