J. Phys. IV France
Volume 107, May 2003
Page(s) 761 - 763

J. Phys. IV France
107 (2003) 761
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20030412

Environmental contamination and chemical speciation of arsenic in the water system from some abandoned Au-Ag mines, Korea

J.-S. Lee, J.-M. Yi and H.-T. Chon

School of Civil, Urban and Geosystem Engineering, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, Seout 151-742, Korea

Mine waters, surface waters and groundwaters were sampled in and around five Au-Ag mine areas (Dongil, Okdong, Dongjung, Gubong and Samkwang mine). The main contamination sources of As in these abandoned Au-Ag mines can be suggested by mine tailings and waste materials including the sulfide gangue minerals (arsenopyrite). The pollution levels of As in mine water ofthe Dongit (524  $\mu$g/L) and the Samkwang mine (444  $\mu$g/L) were much higher than those of the Okdong (17  $\mu$g/L) and the Gubong mine (56  $\mu$g/L). Elevated levels of As in stream water were also found in the Dongil (0.9~118  $\mu$g/L) and the Samkwang (21~1042  $\mu$g/L) mine. Arsenic concentration in groundwater was highly elevated in the Dongil (0.9~64  $\mu$g/L), the Okdong (0.2~69  $\mu$g/L) and the Gubong (0.5~101  $\mu$g/L) mine areas. Arsenate (H 2AsO 4-) was more dominant than arsenite (H 3AsO 3) in waters from the most mine areas. However, the concentration ratio of As(III) to As (total) present up to 75% in stream water from the Okdong mine and 62% in groundwater of the Okdong mine compared with other mine areas.

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