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Fred H. Shrimer
Senior Principal Geoscientist, WSP Golder, Vancouver, Canada
Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/NSRK9280
This chapter examines recommendations to assist in the avoidance of problematic effects of pyrite and other sulfide minerals in aggregates and rock resources used in construction. An overview of the various considerations and required inputs that should be included in order to effectively avoid these issues is provided. The discussion considers site-specific characteristics, geological variability and methods to develop the information that is necessary for undertaking a methodical analysis of sites.
Keywords: sulfide, pyrite, geology, site characterization
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