Special Issue "Geometallurgy"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 September 2018).
Interests: economic geology; sampling/theory of sampling; reserve estimation/evaluation; geometallurgy; mining geology; narrow vein mining; mineral processing
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Interests: ore characterisation; process mineralogy; comminution; geometallurgy; critical metals; in-situ leaching; microwave comminution; ore strength reduction
Interests: environmental geochemistry and mineralogy; environmental geometallurgy; mine waste characterisation; acid rock drainage prediction
Geometallurgy has reached maturity, beyond its early simplistic “geology + metallurgy” conception. It is recognised as an approach that can both maximise value and predict the risks associated with resource development. Modern geometallurgy seeks to integrate geoscientific disciplines with minerals and mining engineering. It aims to understand grade, geoenvironmental, metallurgical and mining variability based on information, such as geochemistry, mineralogy and lithology, obtained from spatially-distributed samples or sample points. Multiple spatially-distributed small-scale tests are used as proxies for grade, mineralogy, process parameter and rock mass variability. These data allow 3D block modelling across relevant parameters, that can then be fed into the mine plan. Geometallurgy vastly increases stakeholder collaboration and communication, creating an environment for knowledge sharing and improved data acquisition and interrogation, with the end result being the integration of such data into mine planning and scheduling. This Special Issue aims to bring together all aspects of geometallurgy; we particularly welcome case studies.
Dr. Simon Dominy
Dr. Louisa O’Connor
Dr. Anita Parbhakar-Fox
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- Sampling and Theory of Sampling
- Ore and waste characterisation
- Geometallurgical test work
- Deterministic and probabalistic modelling
- Mine planning and optimisation
- Financial analysis
- Risk assessment
- Acid mine drainage forecasting
- Reprocessing of waste rock and tailings
- Value drivers of geometallurgy
- Geometallurgical programme design and management
- Tactical and strategic geometallurgy
- Case studies