In Situ Recovery of Copper from Sulfide Ore Bodies Following Nuclear Fracturing.
Proc Symp Eng With Nuclear Explosives Las Vegas Nevada Conf- 700101 2:877-887
This paper explores the concept of in-place leaching of nuclear fractured, deeply buried copper sulfide deposits. On the assumption that fracturing of rock and solution injection and collection would be feasible, an assessment is made of solution systems that might be employed for the different copper sulfide minerals in porphyry ore bodies. These include the conventional ferric sulfate-sulfuric acid systems and combinations of sulfide mineral oxidants and different acids.
Proc. Symp. Eng. With Nuclear Explosives, Las Vegas, Nevada, Conf- 700101, V. 2, PP. 877-887