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How to sustain mineral resources; beneficiation and mineral engineering opportunities

Johan P. R. de Villiers
How to sustain mineral resources; beneficiation and mineral engineering opportunities (in Mineral resources and sustainability, Georges Calas (editor))
Elements (October 2017) 13 (5): 307-312

Abstract

The sustainability of a mineral resource depends, among other aspects, on what the mineral in question will be used for, price fluctuations, future resource requirements, and downstream manufacturing. A balance must be struck between the long-term commitment of developing a mineral deposit against the short-term threats of a changing commercial and social environment. Long-term resource sustainability is dependent both on increased efficiency, which improves profitability, and on revitalizing marginal mines. This is illustrated through breakthroughs in the processing of low-grade copper and refractory gold ores, as well as nickel laterite ores. Retreatment of mine wastes and tailings can also increase the sustainability of mining activity. Ongoing research and development is also helping to sustain mineral resource exploitation.


ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 13
Serial Issue: 5
Title: How to sustain mineral resources; beneficiation and mineral engineering opportunities
Title: Mineral resources and sustainability
Author(s): de Villiers, Johan P. R.
Author(s): Calas, Georgeseditor
Affiliation: University of Pretoria, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Pretoria, South Africa
Affiliation: Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Institut de Mineralogie, Physique des Materiaux et Cosmochimie, Paris, France
Pages: 307-312
Published: 201710
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 29
Accession Number: 2018-024495
Categories: Economic geology, general, deposits
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 3 tables
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201806
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