Articles | Volume 20, issue 12
Research article
14 Dec 2020
Research article |  | 14 Dec 2020

Tailings-flow runout analysis: examining the applicability of a semi-physical area–volume relationship using a novel database

Negar Ghahramani, Andrew Mitchell, Nahyan M. Rana, Scott McDougall, Stephen G. Evans, and W. Andy Take

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Tailings flows result from the breach of tailings dams. These flows contain waste products of the mineral processing operations and can travel substantial distances, causing significant loss of life, environmental damage, and economic costs. This paper establishes a new tailings-flow runout classification system, describes a new database of events that have been mapped in detail using the new system, and examines the applicability of a semi-physical area–volume relationship using the new data.
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