As Ores Get Poorer, Mines Must Cut Costs
Dealing with mineral ores is rapidly becoming more complex: as ore grade is decreasing, mines are getting deeper and the cost of energy and labor increases.
The minerals industry has seen an increase in production costs of 70 percent since the mid-1980s and ore quality has, on average, declined by 50 percent.
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Ancient Ores Hold Clues to Early Life
An analysis of sulfide ore deposits from one of the world’s richest base-metal mines confirms that oxygen levels were extremely low on Earth 2.7 billion years ago, but also shows that microbes were actively feeding on sulfate in the ocean and influencing seawater chemistry during that geological time period.
The research, reported by a team of Canadian and U.S. scientists in Nature Geoscience, provides new insight into how ancient metal-ore deposits can be used to better understand the chemistry of the ancient oceans – and the early evolution of life.
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Tiny X-Ray Finds Minerals in Ore
A new state of the art x-ray imaging detector smaller than a postage stamp is the key to a powerful new method of characterizing mineral ores, according to an article published in the October issue of CSIRO’s Process magazine. X-ray vision to characterize mineral ores The x-ray, photon-counting imaging device called Medipix can take high-resolution images of minerals, detailing the materials present in an ore sample.
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