Singh, K.K.K. (2003) Ground penetrating radar study for hydrogeological conditions related with mining activity. Environmental Geology, 44 (1). pp. 20-27. ISSN 0943-0105

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In the Bicholime, Goa, there is an iron-ore mine surrounded by villages and small towns. Exploitation of such an enormous amount of iron ore may disturb the local groundwater table, thereby causing groundwater depletion. However, these effects are dependent mainly on the geological formations in the region and the mining method. The effects of Bicholime mining on the surrounding groundwater resources and subsurface strata conditions are the main objective of this study. For this purpose, ground penetrating radar surveys were carried out to study the possible effects of mining on the hydrological regime of this open-pit mine, and the subsurface conditions in the Bicholime opencast iron-ore mine, Goa. The results of these surveys show that laterite layers exist from the surface to depths varying from 5 to 22 m at all study locations in the mining area, and in most places clay layers exist, except for the GPR section along the profiles DD1 and EE1 in the village at depths of 8–22 m. Due to the presence of impervious clay layers, mining and dewatering in the leasehold areas will most likely not affect the surrounding hydrological regime of this mining area. It is concluded that no hydrological connection exists between the open pits and the surrounding villages, so that sufficient groundwater is available in the village area, in spite of the enormous extraction of iron orefrom the underground.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mine Subsidence
Depositing User: Dr. Satyendra Kumar Singh
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2011 09:23
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2011 09:23

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