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Determination of the Source and Pathway of Cyanide-Bearing Mine Water Seepage

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L.H. Filipek
L.H. Filipek
5061 Indiana Street, Golden, CO 80403-1743
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Published:
January 01, 1997

Abstract

All human activities, including mining, carry risks. The role of the environmental consultant in mining is to help design environmentally sound mining approaches and facilities, and also to solve problems quickly and effectively when something doesn’t work exactly as planned. This chapter shows an example of the type of geochemical problem that can be addressed within a very short time frame using simple, inexpensive geochemical tools. The name of the mine site is not given at the request of the mine owner.

The site is a gold mining operation in Nevada at an elevation of about 5500 feet above mean sea level. The area has an arid to semi-arid temperate climate, in which most of the precipitation occurs as snowfall. At the site, gold is extracted with cyanide in a mill. The mill waste, or tailing, is deposited in a drained tailing storage facility, shown on Figure 29.1.

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The Environmental Geochemistry of Mineral Deposits: Part A: Processes, Techniques, and Health Issues Part B: Case Studies and Research Topics

G.S. Plumlee
G.S. Plumlee
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M.J. Logsdon
M.J. Logsdon
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L.F. Filipek
L.F. Filipek
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Society of Economic Geologists
Volume
6
ISBN electronic:
9781629490137
Publication date:
January 01, 1997

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