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dc.contributor.author Meck, M.L.
dc.contributor.author Atlhopheng, J.
dc.contributor.author Masamba, W.R.L.
dc.contributor.author Ringrose, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-08T13:07:01Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-08T13:07:01Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-20
dc.identifier.citation Meck, M.L. et al (2010) Pollution implications of Save River water from weathering and dissolution of metal hosting minerals at Dorowa phosphate mine, Zimbabwe, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Vol.35, No. 13-14, pp. 679-685 en_US
dc.identifier.other doi:10.1016/j.pce.2010.08.003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10311/833
dc.description.abstract The study set out to determine the weathering and dissolution of metal hosting minerals at Dorowa for purposes of deducing pollution potential to the nearby Save River. Phosphate rock is mined at Dorowa for the production of phosphate fertilizer. The major minerals found in the ring complex are feldspars, pyroxenes, apatite, magnetite and calcite. Chemical analysis established that the rocks are associated with metals that include copper, lead, zinc, cobalt, nickel, tin and cadmium. Among the many minerals present apatite and calcite host metals more than the other minerals due to their crystal structure. This study investigated the weathering and dissolution of these two minerals. Both apatite and calcite dissolve in natural environmental conditions prevalent at Dorowa. From the analysis the study concludes that the potential availability of metals trapped in the calcite and apatite structures is high. The understanding of weathering and dissolution of metal hosting minerals is important in predicting quality of water around the study area, because most villagers use the Save River as their primary drinking water source. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier. http://www.elsevier.com en_US
dc.subject Dorowa en_US
dc.subject Phosphate en_US
dc.subject Dissolution en_US
dc.subject Weathering en_US
dc.subject Metal pollution en_US
dc.title Pollution implications of Save River water from weathering and dissolution of metal hosting minerals at Dorowa phosphate mine, Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US
dc.link http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1474706510001841 en_US


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