DIFFUSE Pollution from Historic Metal Mining in the UK

Overview of Force Crag Mine and spoil heaps polluting the Coledale Beck with zinc, UK
Force Crag Mine, mine water discharge outlet
Metal mine impacted Coledale Beck in the Lake District National Park, UK
A conductivity probe meter used to determine the amount of dissolved ions in the surface waters
Ochre deposits from mine adit
An overview of Force Crag Mine, spoil heaps and water treatment scheme, in the Coledale valley
Ariel photo of Force Crag water treatment scheme

The "DIFFUSE Pollution from Historic Metal Mining in the UK" project will undertake field-based research to improve our understanding of diffuse pollution in UK mining-impacted catchments. Read more

In partnership

The Coal Authority
Environment Agency

Research team

For the DIFFUSE project, we will bring together the considerable complementary knowledge and experience of the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), and Newcastle University (NU).

Scientific programme

Scope of work, Research questions and Approach to monitoring.

Test site

This section introduces the test sites. It gives a short description of each site and refers to more detailed information about and preliminary results obtained at each site.