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Type: Journal article
Title: Assessing the impact of preload on pyrite-rich sediment and groundwater quality
Author: Karikari-Yeboah, O.
Addai-Mensah, J.
Citation: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2017; 189(2):58-1-58-19
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0167-6369
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Ohene Karikari-Yeboah and Jonas Addai-Mensah
Abstract: Pyrite-rich sediments would, invariably, undergo redox reactions which would lead to acidic aqueous environment containing solubilized toxic metal species. When such sediments are subjected to preload, a technique employed by geotechnical engineers to improve the load-bearing capacity of highly compressible formation, transient flow of pore water, accompanied by acidity transfer, would occur as a response. Despite the concomitant environmental and socio-economic significance, to date, there has been limited interdisciplinary research on the underpinning geotechnical engineering and geo-environmental science issues for pyrite-rich sediments under preload. In this study, we investigate the effect of pyrite-rich sediment pore water transfer under preload surcharge on the receiving environment and the impact on the groundwater speciation and quality. Sediment samples were obtained at close depth intervals from boreholes established within pristine areas and those subjected to the preload application. Soil and pore water samples were subjected to solid/solution speciation, moisture contents, soil pH and the Atterberg Limits' analyses using standard analytical techniques and methods. Standpipes were also installed in the boreholes for groundwater sampling and in situ monitoring of water quality parameters. It is shown that the imposition of preload surcharge over pyritic sediment created a reducing environment rich in SO42-, iron oxide minerals and organic matter. This reducing environment fostered organic carbon catabolism to generate excess pyrite and bicarbonate alkalinity, which would invariably impact adversely on soil quality and plant growth. These were accompanied by increase in pH, dissolved Al, Ca, Mg and K species beneath the surcharge.
Keywords: Preload; surcharge; pyrite; consolidation; sulphidic; redox reaction; in situ; residual formation; reduced level
Rights: © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
RMID: 0030063773
DOI: 10.1007/s10661-017-5771-3
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