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Gruvans miljöproblematik: En analys av gruvindustrins utveckling och dess miljöpåverkan genom tiderna
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this report is to study the environmental effects of mining with the starting point in the history of the Falu mine in Bergslagen, Sweden. The intention is that the observations shall increasethe understanding of the importance of waste management in already closed mines as well as active ones.

The environmental history of the Falu Mine constitutes a monument over an important part of the history of Sweden. Falu mine was active for over a thousand years and the produced waste deposits constitutes the largest individual source of heavy metal pollution in the country. Throughout the years large amounts of heavy metals have been released to the Dalälven River and further on to the Baltic Sea. The mine has been classified as a World Heritage which makes decontamination more difficult. At the same time the interest for further exploration in the area is increasing along with the metal prices.

Mining today is usually performed at lower grades of ore which means that large amounts of waste is being produced and has to be taken care of to prevent environmental damage. These operations are very costly and we can therefore conclude that further development is important for the future of the industry. In combination with continuous research and development, the mining industry in Sweden, with its long tradition and big geological potential, has the prerequisites needed for a contribution to continuous economic growth and sustainability.

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2011. , p. 59
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-355119OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-355119DiVA, id: diva2:1224196
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Bachelor Programme in Earth Science
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