Discussion Questions: Environmental Impact of Acid Mine Drainage
General Level (Grades 6-12)
- What effect does the turbidity (cloudiness) of water have on aquatic life?
- Why does water in areas affected by acid mine drainage have increased turbidity when the pH is increased?
- Explain how acid mine drainage is a risk not only at a local level, but also potentially for plants, animals, and people hundreds of miles away from the mine.