Geochemical Characterization and Mineralogy Control of Rocks to Assign Overburden Management

  1. Waterman Sulistyana Bargawa 1,
  2. Ira Mughni Pratiwi 2,

Master of Mining Engineering UPNVYK, Jalan SWK 104 Condongcatur Yogyakarta Indonesia

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Associate Editor: T. Kaur
Science and Engineering Applications 2016, 1, 9–14. doi:10.26705/SAEA.2016.1.11.9-14
Received 01 Sep 2016, Accepted 05 Sep 2016, Published 05 Sep 2016


This research is conducted at coal mine, located on Barito Basin, South Kalimantan, Indonesia. The purpose is to characterize geochemistry and mineralogy control of rocks for acid mine drainage prediction to prevent acid mine drainage formation. Rocks geochemical characterization of PAF (Potential acid Forming), NAF (Non Acid Forming), and uncertain material is obtained based on result of overburden geochemincal test comprise paste pH, NAG (Net Acid Generating), TS (Total Sulphur), ANC (Acid Neutralization Capacity), percentage of rocks mineral composition analyzed using XRD. The result of this reasearch shows material is classified into NAF material (81%) and PAF LC (Low Capacity) material (5%); PAF MC (Medium Capacity) material (10%); PAF HC (High Capacity) material (1%); an uncertain data (3%). NAF material is dominated by mudstone. Based on the research material of neutralization is low and comprise of silica, plagioclase, and aluminosilicate mineral thus acid mine drainage formation should be prevented uses dry cover method with encapsulation.

Keywords: Acid mine drainage; Geochemical characterization; Mineralogy; Overburden.

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