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Mineral Deposits, Influence on Environment

Code: 46825
ECTS: 3.0
Lecturers in charge: doc. dr. sc. Andrea Čobić
doc. dr. sc. Željka Fiket
Lecturers: doc. dr. sc. Andrea Čobić - Practicum
doc. dr. sc. Željka Fiket - Practicum
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English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Course objectives: Ore deposits are natural anomalous concentrations of metals that contain many toxic ones. This course focuses on the natural processes of ore formation, physicochemical weathering under the influence of the atmosphere, and pollution caused by the extraction and processing of ores through metallurgical and technological processes.
Course content includes the following problems: acid rain, mine water, technological leaching waters, sludge, radon, and other harmful mining problems.
Course content: Earth structure, elements of global tectonics applied to the Dinarides, origin of magma, Bowen crystallization sequence, types of igneous rocks
Mineral deposits associated with ultrabasic rocks, Cr, Co, Ni, Pt, Fe, etc
Example of Sudbury, Canada (metallurgy of sulfides, acid rain problem).
Grayses, skarns and porphyritic Sn, W, Mo, Cu, Zn, Pb mineral deposits, ecological problems associated with acidic waters rich in heavy metals and their remediation.
Hydrothermal Cu, Zn, Pb, Sb, Ba, Ag deposits, acid rain, mining waters, old tailings piles and historical tailings. Itai-itai disease, antimony poisoning (Japan).
Sedimentary uranium deposits, their formation, mobility of uranium under reducing and oxidizing conditions, refining of uranium to yellow cake, mining and technological wastes, radon problems, and remediation of old or abandoned mining sites.
Sedimentary bauxite deposits, alumina production, toxic content of red mud and leaching water as a by-product of ore refining (U, Se, As, Cd, Pb, lanthanides, Cr). Obrovac example, leachate remediation, alumina mining accidents in Hungary.
Hg - epithermal deposit Idrija. Mining and metallurgy, impact on environment, soil, water, air. Methylmercury in Trst Bay, Minamata disease (Japan), production of vinyl chloride in Kaštela Bay
Mineral deposits of asbestos, mineralogy, use, harmful effects, remediation.
Mineral deposits of oil, gas, coal. Mining, refining, utilization, environmental impact, heavy metals (Hg, Pb), greenhouse effect, landscape threat, pollution of watercourses, groundwater and sea.
Extraction of metallic and non-metallic ores in the world, mining in developed and non-developed countries (environmental aspects, legislation), non-renewable depletion of mineral reserves, recycling, waste collection, reuse of old tailings.
  1. Evans A.M.: Ore geology and industrial minerals
  2. Merian, E., Anke, M., Ihnat, M. i Stoeppler, M.: Elements and their compounds in the environment
  3. Potočnik, V.: Obnovljivi izvori energije i zaštita okoliša u Hrvatskoj
6. semester
Izborni predmeti - Regular study - Environmental Sciences
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