Minerals Processing Residue (Tailings): Rehabilitation

Authored by: Lloyd R. Hossner , Hamid Shahandeh

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120001720

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Abstract

Metals have been mined and exploited with the growth of world industry. In particular, iron, lead, zinc and copper have been mined extensively in regions all over the world. In the process of metal benefication, massive heaps of spoil (tailings and waste rock) have been created at mine sites or areas distant from mines. Tailings and waste rock create esthetic problems in the landscape and affect water, soil, plant, and public health.

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