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5. What can be done to prevent mine drainage from damaging the ecosystem?
Acid mine drainage (AMD) causes environmental pollution that affects many countries having historic or current mining industries. [ Preventing the formation or the migration of AMD from its source is generally considered to be the preferable option, although this is not feasible in many locations, and in such cases, it is necessary to collect, treat, and discharge mine water. There are various
options available for remediating AMD, which may be divided into those that use either chemical or biological mechanisms to neutralise AMD and remove metals from solution. Both abiotic and biological systems include those that are classed as bactiveQ(i.e., require continuous inputs of resources to sustain the process) or bpassiveQ(i.e., require relatively little resource input once in operation). This review describes the current abiotic and bioremediative strategies that are currently used to mitigate AMD and compares the strengths and weaknesses of each. New and emerging technologies are also described. In addition, the factors that currently influence the selection of a remediation system, and how these criteria may change in the future, are discussed. D 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Acidic sulfur-rich wastewaters are the by-products of a variety of industrial operations such as galvanic processing and the scrubbing of flue gases at power plants (Johnson, 2000). The major producer of such effluents is, however, the mining industry. Waters draining active and, in particular, abandoned mines and mine wastes are often net acidic (sometimes extremely so). Such waters typically pose an additional risk to the environment by the fact that they often contain elevated concentrations of metals (iron, aluminium and manganese, and possibly other heavy metals) and metalloids (of which arsenic is generally of greatest concern). In 1989, it was estimated that ca. 19,300 km of streams and rivers, and ca. ]
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User: 5. What can be done to prevent mine drainage from damaging the ecosystem?

Weegy: Acid mine drainage (AMD) causes environmental pollution that affects many countries having historic or current mining industries. [ Preventing the formation or the migration of AMD from its source is generally considered to be the preferable option, although this is not feasible in many locations, and in such cases, it is necessary to collect, treat, and discharge mine water. There are various options available for remediating AMD, which may be divided into those that use either chemical or biological mechanisms to neutralise AMD and remove metals from solution. Both abiotic and biological systems include those that are classed as bactiveQ(i.e., require continuous inputs of resources to sustain the process) or bpassiveQ(i.e., require relatively little resource input once in operation). This review describes the current abiotic and bioremediative strategies that are currently used to mitigate AMD and compares the strengths and weaknesses of each. New and emerging technologies are also described. In addition, the factors that currently influence the selection of a remediation system, and how these criteria may change in the future, are discussed. D 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Acidic sulfur-rich wastewaters are the by-products of a variety of industrial operations such as galvanic processing and the scrubbing of flue gases at power plants (Johnson, 2000). The major producer of such effluents is, however, the mining industry. Waters draining active and, in particular, abandoned mines and mine wastes are often net acidic (sometimes extremely so). Such waters typically pose an additional risk to the environment by the fact that they often contain elevated concentrations of metals (iron, aluminium and manganese, and possibly other heavy metals) and metalloids (of which arsenic is generally of greatest concern). In 1989, it was estimated that ca. 19,300 km of streams and rivers, and ca. ]
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User: what are the abiotic strategies to mitigate the AMD

Weegy: The northeastern region is considered to be the richest reservoir of genetic variability of large number of horticultural crops. Changes in weather parameters have profound impacts on the livelihood of people and their ecosystem as whole. [ These problems can be mitigated by the selection of suitable cultivars of fruits, vegetables and spices crops which have the potential to grow under diverse weather conditions. Protected cultivation of high-value vegetable crops like tomato, capsicum and cucumber provides means for round-the-year production with protection against low temperature and heavy rains. Drip irrigation is the most suitable system for efficient utilization of water especially for the horticultural crops. The appropriate techniques to overcome the impact of climate change are necessary to protect our biodiversity and for feeding the fast-growing population. Awareness and educational programmes for the growers, modification of present horticultural practices and greater use of greenhouse technology are some of the solutions to minimize the effect of climate change. ]
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5. What can be done to prevent mine drainage from damaging the ecosystem?
Weegy: Acid mine drainage (AMD) causes environmental pollution that affects many countries having historic or current mining industries. [ Preventing the formation or the migration of AMD from its source is generally considered to be the preferable option, although this is not feasible in many locations, and in such cases, it is necessary to collect, treat, and discharge mine water. There are various options available for remediating AMD, which may be divided into those that use either chemical or biological mechanisms to neutralise AMD and remove metals from solution. Both abiotic and biological systems include those that are classed as bactiveQ(i.e., require continuous inputs of resources to sustain the process) or bpassiveQ(i.e., require relatively little resource input once in operation). This review describes the current abiotic and bioremediative strategies that are currently used to mitigate AMD and compares the strengths and weaknesses of each. New and emerging technologies are also described. In addition, the factors that currently influence the selection of a remediation system, and how these criteria may change in the future, are discussed. D 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Acidic sulfur-rich wastewaters are the by-products of a variety of industrial operations such as galvanic processing and the scrubbing of flue gases at power plants (Johnson, 2000). The major producer of such effluents is, however, the mining industry. Waters draining active and, in particular, abandoned mines and mine wastes are often net acidic (sometimes extremely so). Such waters typically pose an additional risk to the environment by the fact that they often contain elevated concentrations of metals (iron, aluminium and manganese, and possibly other heavy metals) and metalloids (of which arsenic is generally of greatest concern). In 1989, it was estimated that ca. 19,300 km of streams and rivers, and ca. ] User: what are the side effects that metal iron cause to the ... (More)
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