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Open-File Report 2008–1176

In Cooperation with the World Bank, Romanian National Agency for Mineral Resources, and Futures Group

Reconnaissance Study of Water Quality in the Mining-Affected Aries River Basin, Romania

By Michael J. Friedel, James A. Tindall, Daniel Sardan, David L. Fey, and G. L. Poputa

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The Aries River basin of western Romania has been subject to mining activities as far back as Roman times. Present mining activities are associated with the extraction and processing of various metals including Au, Cu, Pb, and Zn. To understand the effects of these mining activities on the environment, this study focused on three objectives: (1) establish a baseline set of physical parameters, and water- and sediment-associated concentrations of metals in river-valley floors and floodplains; (2) establish a baseline set of physical and chemical measurements of pore water and sediment in tailings; and (3) provide training in sediment and water sampling to personnel in the National Agency for Mineral Resources and the Rosia Poieni Mine. This report summarizes basin findings of physical parameters and chemistry (sediment and water), and ancillary data collected during the low-flow synoptic sampling of May 2006.

Version 1.0

Posted June 2008

Suggested citation:

Friedel, M.J. Tindall, J.A., Sardan, D., Fey, D., and G.L. Poptua, 2008, Reconnaissance study of water quality in the mining-affected Aries River basin, Romania: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008–1176, 40 p.




Description of Study Areas

Sediment Chemistry

Field Sampling

Physical Properties and Mineralogy of Tailings Sediment

Sediment Processing and Analytical Chemistry

Sediment-Associated Metal Concentrations

Abrud-Aries River System

Water Chemistry

Water Collection and Analytical Methods

Physical Parameters

Dissolved Constituents

Abrud-Aries River System

Stefancei and Sesei Tailings Impoundments

Summary and Conclusions

References Cited


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