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The future of mining: Will in place recovery ever come of age?

R Batterham, DJ Robinson

IMPC 2018 - 29th International Mineral Processing Congress | International Agency of Congress Management ( MAKO ) | Published : 2019

Abstract

The history of mineral processing is indeed long and has always been tied to mining methods of the day. While many new processes and devices have been developed, the most significant trend in recent times has been the ever increasing scale of operations. There is serious doubt this ongoing trend is enough to match the global trend of falling grades and rising energy demands needed for mineral processing. As well we see that globally, the social licence to operate for mining (and hence mineral processing) is far from secure. Indeed, some argue that mining as we know it is dying and in the future, mining will be much more environmentally secure, even to the extent of insisting upon “in place” ..

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