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Received June 30, 1994,Revised , Accepted , Available online

Volume 8,1996,Pages 28-37

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In this paper, the partitioning of copper between surfacial sediments and overlaying water in Dawu-Le An River, which was contaminated by acid mine drainage resulted from mining activities,was studied by field investigation and acid dissolution experiment.Simulated adsorption experiments were carried out to study the adsorption of copper on amorphous iron oxyhydroxide and ore tailing particles.The results showed that it was the binding of copper onto the surface of amorphous Fe/Al oxyhydroxides and ore tailing particles that regulated the concentrations of dissolved Cu at downstream of Dawu River and its inlet into Le An River.A significant part of adsorbed copper was likely to be associated with amorphous Fe/Al oxyhydroxides coated on the surface of ore tailing particles. A simplified surface complexation model can be used to describe the adsorption behavior in the river.

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