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Virginia T. McLemore
Projects: Mine-related Environmental Issues

INACTIVE/ABANDONED (AML) MINE SITES

Significance of the study--effect of weathering on mine wastes and distribution of mines

  • Summary

  • What have we learned from Mine Accidents and Failures in New Mexico? NMGS Spring 2016
  • Geologic Processes Affecting the Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Acid Potential on Particle Size Fractions: Examples from Waste Rock Piles in New Mexico, USA Animas Conference May 2016
  • Geologic Setting and History of Mining in the Animas River Watershed, southern Colorado Animas Conference May 2016
  • THE CHARACTERIZATION OF ABANDONED URANIUM MINES IN NEW MEXICO Animas Conference May 2016
  • MINERALOGY AND CHEMISTRY OF MINE WASTE ROCK PILES IN MINING DISTRICTS IN SOUTHERN COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO Animas Conference June 2018

Mining-related Environmental Papers/Books

  • ICARD paper McLemore, V.T., 2012, Geologic Processes Affecting the Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Acid Potential on Particle Size Fractions: Examples from Waste Rock Piles in New Mexico, USA: Proceedings 9th ICARD, Ottawa, Canada, May 20-26, 2012, 12 p.
  • ICARD presentation
  • Basics of Metal Mining Influenced Water (ed. V.T. McLemore, Society forf Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration)
  • McLemore, V.T., Smith, K.S., Russell, C.C., editors, 2014, Management Technologies for Metal Mining Influenced Water, volume 6: Sampling and monitoring for the mine life cycle: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., Littleton, CO.
  • See uranium resources for uranium-related papers

Questa Project

  • Significance of the study--The effects of weathering on the stability on the rock piles at the Questa molybdenum mine, Taos County, NM (MOLYCORP PROJECT)

  • Papers
  • Abstracts
  • Thesis
  • SOPs
  • DRAs

Environmental impacts of Pecos mine, Pecos River, NM

  • McLemore et al., 1993, A reconnaissance study of mercury and base metal concentrations in water, stream and lake-sediment samples along the Pecos River, eastern NM: Guidebook 44
  • McLemore et al., 1995, The effect of particle size distribution on the geochemistry of stream sediments from the upper Pecos River, San Miguel County, NM: Guidebook 46
  • McLemore et al., 1995, A preliminary summary of multi-disciplinary studies in the upper Pecos River area, Santa Fe and San Miguel Counties, NM: Guidebook 46
  • Johnson and Deeds, 1995, Summary of environmental issues at El Molino mill, north-central NM: Guidebook 46
  • McLemore, 1995, Mineral resources of the southern Sangre de Cristo Mts: Guidebook 46
  • McLemore et al., 2001, Long-term monitoring of the geochemistry of water and stream-sediment samples from the upper Pecos River, from the southern Pecos Wilderness to Brantley Dam, north of Carlsbad, eastern New Mexico: year nine: Guidebook 52

Asbestos occurrences in New Mexico

Radon in New Mexico

  • Geologic evaulation of radon availability in New Mexico, OF-345
  • US EPA website
  • NM Environment Department website

Geology and environmental impacts in the Hillsboro district, NM (including the Copper Flat mine)

  • Munroe thesis Geology and geochemistry of waste rock piles in the Hillsboro mining district, Sierra County, New Mexico
  • Raugust thesis The Natural Defenses of Copper Flat, Sierra County, New Mexico

Updated August 13, 2018