The composition of soil solutions and surface waters emanating from unreclaimed, or partially reclaimed, strip-mined watersheds with low buffering capacity in Kentucky were compared with soil solution compositions of unaffected strata in the watershed. The data suggests that almost 20 years after mining, most soil solutions and surface waters of the disturbed areas still contain high levels of undissolved Al, controlled primarily by the solubilities of a jurbanite-like material (upper limit) and alunite (lower limit).
The work on which this was based was supported in part by funds provided by the United States Department of the Interior, as authorized by the Water Resources Research Act of 1984.
Karathanasis, Anastasios D.; Evangelou, Vasilios P.; and Thompson, Y. L., "Predicting Potential Aluminum Contamination of Surface and Ground Waters from Acid Sulfate Enriched Drainages Emanating from Low Neutralization Capacity Watersheds" (1988). KWRRI Research Reports. 219.