oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - Selection of tailings impoundment sites
|Article Title||Selection of tailings impoundment sites|
|© Publisher:||South African Institution Of Civil Engineering (SAICE)|
|Journal||Civil Engineer in South Africa|
|Author||Jack A. Caldwell and Andrew Mac G. Robertson|
|Publication Date||Oct 1983|
|Pages||537 - 553|
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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