University of Vermont and State Agricultural College
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Acid Mine Drainage Field-Lab Experience Round 1 part of Cutting Edge:Geochemistry:Activities
This contribution outlines a trip with my Geochemistry class to the Ely Mine, a massive sulfide mine (Besshi-type) in east-central Vermont and the field work they did there. We spent a full day discussing the site, doing field measurements, collecting samples, and taking detailed notes followed by several lab and modeling activities. Several students listed it as the highlight of the class as an exercise that helped them bring many concepts discussed in the lecture together and was an excellent forum to discuss water/rock interaction, acid-base and redox chemistry, surface chemistry, and mine practices/ remediation strategies.