Groundwater pollution with heavy metals in the Ibar alluvium near Raška (Serbia)

  • Branko Miladinović Geological Institut of Serbia, Rovinjska 12, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
  • Petar Papić University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mining and Geology, Đušina 7, 11000 Belgrade
  • Marina Mandić Institute of public health of Belgrade, Bulevar despota Stefana 54a, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Keywords: flotation tailings dump, alluvium, groundwater pollution, Serbia


As a result of the operation of an ore flotation facility at Donja Rudnica near Raška, Serbia, during the period from 1972 to 2002, flotation tailings and wastewater of highly complex chemical compositions were deposited in the alluvial plain of the Ibar River. Due to the excellent groundwater flow characteristics of the alluvial formations underlying the tailings dump, the groundwater and soil over an extended area were continually polluted. High concentrations of heavy metals (Fe = 7.38 mg/L. Zn = 4.04 mg/L, Pb = 2.17 mg/L) in the soil and concentrations of sulfate as high as 3709 mg/L, and pH levels of 4.2 in the groundwater have been recorded at some locations. This paper draws attention to the potential risk this site poses for the conservation of biodiversity over the extended area.

How to Cite
Miladinović, B., Papić, P. and Mandić, M. (2012) “Groundwater pollution with heavy metals in the Ibar alluvium near Raška (Serbia)”, Geološki anali Balkanskoga poluostrva, 73(1), pp. 125-130. doi: 10.2298/GABP1273125M.
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