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Potential for the Utilisation of Micro-Organisms in Gold Processing

Reith, Frank; Rogers, Steve L; McPhail, Derry; Brugger, J

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Using iron- and sulfur-oxidising bacteria to catalyse the breakdown of sulfides that host the gold is an important biological method for the pretreatment of refractory gold ores. Following this biological treatment a combination of chemical and physical methods are used for leaching (such as the cyanide process) and concentration (such as carbon-in-pulp or electrowinning) of gold. Although these methods are well accepted by industry, they harbour limitations in the processing of low-grade...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Conference paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/39000
Source: World Gold Conference, 2007 Proceedings

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