Feasibility of In-situ Leaching of Metallic Ores Other Than Copper and Uranium.
Potter-GM; Chase-CK; Chamberlain-PG
Pres At 2nd SME-SPE Int Symp on Sol Min Denver Colorado 1981 Nov; :6 pages
Under contractual arrangements with the Bureau of Mines, Mountain States Research and Development, Inc., completed a technological investigation to determine the feasibility of in situ mining of metal commodities other than copper and uranium. The study was based upon available literature and experience. The selection of potential candidates for in situ mining was influenced by economic importance, probable amenability to in situ methods, and environmental considerations. Four metals (or metal pairs) were chosen for feasibility studies: aluminum (with a copper byproduct), gold-silver, and manganese were recommended for further study and action; cobalt-nickel was also recommended contingent upon preliminary laboratory leaching and recovery investigations and field geohydrological work. Mining and recovery plans and an economic evaluation are included. Other metals with potential for in situ leaching are lead-zinc, molybdenum, and vanadium.
Pres. At 2nd SME-SPE Int. Symp. on Sol. Min., Denver, Colorado, Nov. 18- 20, 1981, SME Preprint 81-363