New Integrated Geometallurgical Research Initiatives and Implications for the Future of Economic Geology

AUTHORS: Walters, S.G., Large, R.R., Adair, B.

ABSTRACT: The emerging area of geometallurgy represents a cross-discipline challenge that requires more effective communication, shared methodologies and a common technical language between the range of professional disciplines that support major mining operations – in particular economic geologists, mining engineers and mineral processors. This challenge also requires major new research and education initiatives that will provide the next generation of practitioners. A new collaborative research initiative is underway, strongly supported by the global mining industry. The project includes technology development drivers in the areas of automated core logging, automated microscopy, new approaches to textural analysis and small-scale physical testing. Many of these have spin-off implications for other areas of economic geology.

KEYWORDS: Geometallurgy, ore characterisation, mineral deposits.

EAN: SGA_2007_A014
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