Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 2nd International Conference – Mines of the Future"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Bernd Lottermoser
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Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, 52062 Aachen, Germany
Interests: digital transformation in mining; critical raw materials; sustainability; mine wastes; environmental indicators
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Dear colleagues,

Modern mining needs to be profitable; it should operate with environmental integrity, be considerate of social concerns and be supported by effective government systems. At the same time, mining companies face operational challenges. Such challenges will only be solved through changes in the way the mining sector engages with society, uses energy, protects the environment, educates professionals, and pursues innovations. Mines of the future will need to be different to those of today.

The key objective of the 2nd International Conference Mines of the Future is to share the latest developments in mining expertise, activities, developments, and research that support mines of the future. The main topics will be

  • Technological breakthroughs
  • Innovation developments
  • Scientific advances
  • Responsible mining

We invite professionals from the mining industry and practitioners from consulting companies, equipment suppliers and software providers, people from research institutions, and government agencies, as well as academic scholars and researchers to attend this conference. We cordially invite you to join us at the conference and also to submit your manuscript to the Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Lottermoser
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Mineral resources
  • Mining technologies
  • Responsible mining

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A Holistic Approach in Re-Mining Old Tailings Deposits for the Supply of Critical-Metals: A Portuguese Case Study
Minerals 2019, 9(10), 638; https://doi.org/10.3390/min9100638 - 17 Oct 2019
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Demand growth for metallic minerals has been faced with the need for new techniques and improving technologies for all mining life-cycle operations. Nowadays, the exploitation of old tailings and mine-waste facilities could be a solution to this demand, with economic and environmental advantages. [...] Read more.
Demand growth for metallic minerals has been faced with the need for new techniques and improving technologies for all mining life-cycle operations. Nowadays, the exploitation of old tailings and mine-waste facilities could be a solution to this demand, with economic and environmental advantages. The Panasqueira Mine has been operating for more than a century, extracting tungsten and tin ore. Its first processing plant, “Rio”, was located near the Zêrere river, where mineral-processing residues were deposited on the top hillside on the margin of this river in the Cabeço do Pião tailings dam. The lack of maintenance and monitoring of this enormous structure in the last twenty years represents a high risk to the environment and the population of the surrounding region. A field-sample campaign allowed the collection of data, and resulted from laboratory tests to use regression optimization. Re-mining the tailings by hydrometallurgical methods was considered to satisfy the two conditions of metal demand and environmental risk. The metal content in Cabeço do Pião was shown be enough for environmental restoration. The re-mining solution was studied, taking into account the technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects. Full article
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