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Original Paper

UDC 622.693.26:622.85 © A.A. Perevoshchikova, E.E. Malyshkina, N.V. Mitrakova, 2023

ISSN 0041-5790 (Print) • ISSN 2412-8333 (Online) • Ugol’ – Russian Coal Journal, 2023, № 12, pp. 85-91

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18796/0041-5790-2023-12-85-91




Perevoshchikova A.A.1,2, Malyshkina E.E.1, Mitrakova N.V.1

1 Natural Science Institute of Perm State Research University, Perm, 614990, Russian Federation

2 Perm National Research Polytechnic University, Perm, 614990, Russian Federation

Authors Information

Perevoshchikova A.A., Junior Researcher, Postgraduate student,

e-mail: aaperevoshchikova@yandex.ru

Malyshkina E.E., Research Engineer, e-mail: thelionofcintra@gmail.com

Mitrakova N.V., PhD (Biology), Senior Researcher,

e-mail: mitrakovanatalya@mail.ru


Mining operations have resulted in the formation of numerous abandonedmines and tailings dams. Abandoned mines, acid mine water discharge, andoverburden dumps are the primary causes of environmental pollution in

the Kizel Coal Basin (KCB) in Perm Krai (Russia). Crucial factors in preserving KCB’s ecosystems are the reclamation of coal dumps and the formation orrestoration of soils. The research focuses on the soils of KCB dumps located in the Ugleuralsky, Shumikhinsky, and Shakhta villages. In order to examine these soils, standard chemical analysis methods were employed, including soil contamination assessment using calculated coefficients such as the geoaccumulation index (Igeo) for elements in soils and the contamination factor (CF). The obtained results suggest that the soils in the dumps contain an abundance of Li, B, V, Cu, Cd, Pb, As, Hg, and Cr throughout the entire profile, compared to Vinogradov’s clarke (1962). The dump soils also show excess amounts of Li, B, Pb, As, and Se throughout the entire profile when compared to the background sample. Based on the Igeo of elements in soils, the soil of the Severnaya Mine dump (Shakhta village) showed moderate Licontamination. All dump soils exhibit a high contamination factor (CF) for Li, B, V, and Co. The obtained data indicates that even after reclamation, the accumulation of elements like Li, B, and V persists in the dump soils. This research provides crucial insights for the advancement of effective reclamation strategies aimed at restoring areas affected by coal dumps.


Mining activities, Coal industry, Potentially toxic elements, Soils, Dumps, Reclamation, Restoration, Remediation, Pollution coefficients.


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The work was carried out with the financial support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation FSNF-2020-0021 project.

For citation

Perevoshchikova A.A., Malyshkina E.E. & Mitrakova N.V. Analysis of the microelement composition of soils from recultivated coal dumps of the Kizel Coal Basin. Ugol’, 2023, (12), pp. 85-91. (In Russ.). DOI: 10.18796/0041-5790-


Paper info

Received September 6, 2023

Reviewed November 10, 2023

Accepted November 27, 2023


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