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Revolutionary advances in extractive metallurgy and mineral processing and their evolutionary application have significantly altered the processing operations of mining companies over time by increasing productivity and reducing costs. Some developments have had such an impact on the industry that new types of mineral deposits can be developed and waste becomes ore. Historically, it has taken years, in some cases decades, for metallurgical developments to affect exploration strategies, largely because of limited communications between geologists and metallurgists. Seven significant advances in the extractive sciences are viewed as having the highest impact on mineral exploration and mining. These are solvent...

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