Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook metals, minerals, and fuels 1972
Year 1972, Volume 1 (1972)
Sheridan, Eugene T.
Peat, pp. 897-904 PDF (828.0 KB)
Table 10.—Peat: World production, by country (Thousand short tons) Country' 1970 1971 1972 ~ Total r92,026 Fuel peat included in total ' 58,811 89,610 89,338 55,994 55,869 PEAT producer with 1.8 million short tons, provided about 2% of the world output. Most of -the West German production was agricultural peat, but about one-fifth was consumed as fuel. Other producers ran-king in output in the order named were the United States, 90~ the Netherlands, Canada, and Finland. The combined output of these countries was, however, only 2% of the total. Although fourth in world production, output of the United States was only 0.7% of the world total. Argentina, agricultural use Canada,agriculturaluse________________________________ Denmark, fuel e Finland: Agricultural use Fuel______________________________________________ France, agricultural use Germany, West: Agriculturaluse Fuel______________________________________________ Hungary, agricultural use ' Ireland: Agricultural use Fuel______________________________________________ Israel, agricultural use e Japan' Korea, Republic of, agricultural use Netherlan& Norway: Agricultural use Fuel' Poland, fuel Spain Sweden: Agricultural use Fuel' U.S.S.R.: Agricultural use ' Fuel United States, agricultural use 3 r321 6 ' 3 326 6 370 6 159 97 85 259 112 ' 90 140 166 ' 90 rl,306 ~357 72 1,494 352 72 ' 1,440 313 72 58 ' 5,908 22 80 9 440 63 6,058 22 80 4 440 e70 ' 5,700 22 80 ' 4 440 12 6 55 18 ' 12 ' 6 ' 55 ' 19 ' 12 ' 6 ' 55 ' 19 ' 113 23 127 23 ' 130 23 r30,000 52,359 517 30,000 49,382 605 30,000 ' 49,600 577 eEstimate. "Preliminary. ' Revised. ' In addition to the countries listed, Austria Canada, Iceland, and Italy produce a negligible quantity of fuel peat. No data are available for East Germany, a major producer. TECHNOLOGY Experimental work conducted at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada,2 indicated -that mercury present in waste water can -be removed and recovered quantitatively by treatment with peat. The humic acids contained in peat are known to be good ion-exchange resins, and the studies have shown that contaminated waters can be made virtually mercury-free if treated with moss peat in the presence of a precipitating agent such as sodium sulfide. Recovery of mercury is accomplished by burning the peat containing mercury in the presence of a limited amount of air. Vapors of mercury and sulfur dioxide are eliminated in a scrubbing tower containing limestone and elemental sulfur, and metal- lic mercury can be decanted from the water. Field and laboratory studies conducted at the University of Minnesota 3 have shown that peat soil and various mixtures of sand, calcitic limestone, and peat can be used as filter media to remove significant amounts of phosphorus and organic materials from wastewaters. The treatment 2 Lalancette, J. M., and B. Coupal. Recovery of Mercury From Polluted Water Through Peat Treatment. Proc. 4th Internat. Peat Cong., Otaniemi, Finland, June 25—30, 1972, v. 4, pp. 213—217. Farnham, R. S., and J. L. Brown. Advanced Wastewater Treatment Using Organic and Inorganic Materials. Proc. 4th Internat. Peat Cong., Otaniemi, Finland, June 25—30, 1972, v. 4, pp. 271—298.
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