oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - Selection of tailings impoundment sites

Volume 25, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0009-7845



Tailings impoundments are possibly the largest structures built by man. They permanently alter the topography of the area where they are constructed. Unlike a water dam, they cannot be breached at the end of their serviceable life: they will exist for many centuries and may impact the environment as they respond to the same natural forces which erode and level the surrounding landscape.

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