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Leaching Gold-Bearing Mill Tailings from Mercur, Utah.
NTIS: PB 192 300 :10 pages
Tailings dumps at mercur, Utah, contain about $7 million worth of gold in 3.5 million tons of mill tailings assaying about 0.07 Ounce of gold per ton. Commercial mining and milling at mercur ceased in 1942. To determine whether improved technology was now available that might permit economic reprocessing of the mercur dumps, the Bureau of Mines probed for a low-cost method that would be applicable to these tailings. A composite prepared for laboratory studies assayed 0.062 Ounce gold per ton. About 10 percent of the gold occurred as a water-soluble cyanide. Conventional cyanide leaching dissolved 32 percent of the gold, and hot, strong cyanide solution dissolved 42 percent. Results were not improved by pretreatment with acids, bases, or oxidants. After expensive preroasting, gold recovery by cyanidation was increased to 65 percent. The simple procedures were ineffective, and more effective procedures were too costly for economical processing of mercur tailings.
IH; Report of Investigation;
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 192 300
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