Pig manure application for remediation of mine soils in Murcia Province, SE Spain

A. Faz, D. M. Carmona, A. Zanuzzi, A. R. Mermut

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In southern Spain, specifically in Murcia Province, an increased pig population causes large amounts of slurry production that creates a very serious environmental concern. Our aim was to use this waste to reduce the acid mine drainage process, heavy metal mobilization, and to improve soil conditions to enhance plant establishment in mine soils. Pig manure, sewage sludge, and lime were used as soil amendments in a field experiment and in undisturbed soil column. Field experiments showed an increase in pH, total nitrogen, organic carbon, and carbonate contents; a reduction of diethylenetetramine pentaacetic acid (DTPA)- and water-extractable metals; and an improvement of plant establishment. The field studies showed that pig manure could be utilized to remediate polluted soils. Column studies in the laboratory showed that amendment of mine soil with pig manure initially increased soil pH from 2.21 to 6.34, promoted reduced conditions in the surface soil, and decreased the metal mobility. After 21 weeks, while the leachate was slightly acidic, however, the mobility of metals was substantially low. Additions of 7 and 14% of pig manure were insufficient to maintain a neutral pH in the leachate. Therefore, continuous application of the pig manure may be advised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-827
Number of pages9
JournalThe Scientific World Journal
StatePublished - 30 Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Acid drainage
  • Column leaching experiment
  • Marble waste
  • Mine soil
  • Pig manure
  • Remediation
  • Spain


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