Impact of placer gold mine technology on water quality: A case study of Tuul river valley in the Zaamar goldfield, Mongolia

B. Byambaa, Y. Todo

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The paper finds that placer gold mining operation has significant impact on the surface water quality, which varies from mine to mine depending on the types of gold recovery technologies applied. Only primitive gold recovery technologies are dominating in the Zaamar goldfield. We assume that the mines with foreign ownership have cleaner technologies with less impact on the water quality than the local ones. But results from the water quality measurement and surveys at the field show that mines with joint ownerships of Russian or Chinese companies in Zaamar area have more polluting technologies than the local smaller companies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater Resources Management VI
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781845645144
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1
Event6th International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management, WRM 2011 - Riverside, CA, United States
Duration: 2011 May 232011 May 25


Conference6th International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management, WRM 2011
CountryUnited States
CityRiverside, CA



  • Lower Tuul river basin
  • Mine ownership
  • Placer gold mine
  • Surface water quality
  • Technology impact
  • Zaamar goldfield

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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