A review of dust emission dispersions in rock aggregate and natural stone quarries

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Abstract

Fugitive dust constitutes one of the most severe environmental problems in quarries because it escapes capture. This review aims to provide overview of dust concentration caused by quarrying by synthesising the current knowledge. The 25 studies explored here were conducted in open-pit quarries or mines. Three main dust sources surfaced from the studies: drilling, crushing and hauling. Analysis revealed a range of dust concentrations caused by different quarrying operations. Crushing was the most significant dust source, while drilling caused the highest variation. Dust concentration decrease was observed with increasing distance, but the retention was incoherent due to local dust sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MINING, RECLAMATION AND ENVIRONMENT
Volume32
Issue number3
Early online date4 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • crushing
  • drilling
  • Dust
  • hauling
  • open-pit quarry

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