In Situ Leach Mining. Proceedings: Bureau of Mines Technology Transfer Seminars, Phoenix, Arizona, April 4, and Salt Lake City, Utah, April 6, 1989.
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9216, 1989 Apr; :1-107
As part of its research on advanced mining technology, the U.S. Bureau of Mines emphasizes studies on in situ leach mining. This research enables the Bureau to develop technical information that can allow mining companies to adopt in situ leach mining methods. Research results should help to remove the technical and economic barriers currently hindering the development of commercial in situ leach mining operations. This report contains papers summarizing results of Bureau research on various aspects of in situ leach mining. A featured topic is the cooperative field experiment of the Bureau and Santa Cruz joint venture in a copper deposit near Casa Grande, Arizona. Discussions include an overview of the entire project, cost modeling, environmental permitting, laboratory core-leaching experiments, petrographic studies, and an evaluation of the geologic structure in the region. In addition, papers describe hydrologic modeling and geophysical studies of solution flow during leaching. Preliminary geochemical modeling studies are also summarized. A final paper describes a nonionic chemical additive with potential for significantly reducing the high costs of drilling in in situ leach mining.
Mining-industry; In-situ-mining; Metal-mining; Metals
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Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9216