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774636S Geochemistry of Mining Environment, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 774636S  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Geochemistry of Mining Environment  Abbreviation Geochemistry of 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3267 Geochemistry 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Oulu Mining School 

ECTS Credits 


Language of instruction 

The language of instructions is Finnish or English, depending on the participants.


The course is held in the spring semester, during period IV. It is recommended to complete the course at the 4th or 5th spring semester.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

can describe and assess environmental problems associated with metal mining

are familiar with the chemical and mineralogical phenomena related to acid mine drainage

know how to test the acid-producing or acid-neutralizing capacity of rock types.


Oxidation of sulphidic ores, formation of secondary minerals, water chemistry in mining environment, acid neutralisation capacity of rocks waste and its determination, factors involved in acid mining drainage (AMD) and its mitigation.

Mode of delivery 

Face to face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

28 h lectures.

Target group 

All students in geosciences.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Completion of 774301A Basic Course in Geochemistry and other studies equivalent to Bachelor's degree are recommended.

Recommended optional programme components 

The course in an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

Articles (informed separately) from the following books: Jambor, J. L., Blowes, D. W., Ritchie, A. I. M. (Eds.) (2003) Environmental Aspects of Mine Wastes, Mineralogical Association of Canada, Short Course Series, Vol. 31, 430 s., Plumlee, G.S., Logsdon, M.J. (Eds.) (1999) The Environmental Geochemistry of Mineral Deposits. Reviews in Economic Geology, Vol. 6A., Blowes et al. (2014) The Geochemistry of Acid Mine Drainage, Treatise in Geochemistry, Vol. 9. The availability of the textbooks can be checked via this link.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Written essay.


In the theory exam grade and final grade, the course utilizes a numerical grading scale of 1-5. Zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Prof. Eero Hanski

Working life cooperation 



Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Geochemistry of Mining Environment  Course  Pertti Sarala  29.03.21 -17.05.21

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