Water Balance Approach to Prediction of Seepage From Mine Tailings Impoundments, Part II: Theoretical Aspects of Water Balance Approach to Seepage Modeling and Detailed Case History Results

by Keith A. Ferguson, Steffen Robertson & Kirsten, (Colorado) Inc, USA,
Ian P. G. Hutchison, Steffen Robertson & Kirsten, (Colorado) Inc, USA,
Robert L. Schiffman, Steffen Robertson & Kirsten, (Colorado) Inc, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seepage and Leakage from Dams and Impoundments


Some of the most significant volumes and rates of interstitial tailings water discharge generally occurs during the initial portions of the primary consolidation process. During primary consolidation, the rate of water discharge typically is not constant and volumes of discharge are a direct function of the overall settlement magnitudes. The theoretical considerations of the primary consolidation processes as related specifically to the prediction of interstitial water discharge rates, volumes, and engineering characteristics of the tailings affecting long-term seepage rates are discussed in the following section. The paper also discusses seepage control methods. Refs.

Subject Headings: Water discharge | Seepage | Mine wastes | Water balance | Soil settlement | Case studies | Water storage

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