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Mining - Leviathan Mine site, California, USA

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Leviathan Mine site

Close-up of impoundment to catch acid-mine drainage.

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Leviathan Mine, California

A classic case of acid-mine drainage. It's a US EPA Superfund site. The ponds are to keep the leachate from flowing into the Carson River.

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Leviathan Mine, CA

An abandoned sulfur mine in California, just over the state line from Nevada. It's now a Superfund site due to sulfuric acid formed by the oxidizing sulfur. Not only has the acid itself had a deleterious effect on draining into the local streams, but the acidity also leaches metals into solution up to toxic levels. This is a textbook case of "acid mine drainage" from abandoned mines.
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