Evaluation of Toxic Metal Bioaccumulation in a Reservoir of Flotation Tailings
Małgorzata Śliwka1, Agnieszka Baran2, Jerzy Wieczorek2
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1Department of Environmental Engineering and Mineral Processing,
Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
2Department of Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture and Economics,
University of Agriculture in Kraków, Al. Mickiewicza 21, 31-120 Kraków, Poland
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2013;22(3):909–914
Flotation tailings, formed mainly in copper mining, are the largest percentage of waste generated during the extraction of mineral resources. Polish copper mining deposits 100% of tailings in landfills. Flotation tailings, although there are many concepts of management, is unused. This waste contains a considerable amount of toxic metals that can pollute the natural environment near the reservoir of flotation tailings and accumulate in plant tissues.
The aim of our research was to evaluate the heavy metals concentrations in soils and their bioaccumulation in plant and mushroom tissues from a landfill.