Finite element 2-D transport model of groundwater restoration for in situ solution mining of uranium
Developing technologies such as in situ solution mining of uranium represent a new, more complex solute transport problem in site restoration than traditional transport problems such as contaminant migration. The method consists of injecting through wells a lixiviant into the host aquifer containing the uranium. The uranium is preferentially dissolved and the uranium-bearing groundwater is recovered through pumping wells. The environmental advantages of solution mining over conventional mining techniques are several; however, it has the disadvantage of potentially contaminating the groundwater ...
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