By I. A. Given
The SME all-time bestseller 2-volume set is a vintage. This accomplished reference paintings distills the complete physique of data that characterizes mining engineering as a disciplinary box. whereas it may well function a textbook for complex scholars, its basic functionality is to supply specialist practitioners with an authoritative reference and layout resource. To a lesser volume, the e-book additionally serves mining nonprofessionals who search technical wisdom of the undefined. The books dedicate cognizance to all branches of mining--metal, coal, and nonmetal--and to all locales of mining--surface, underground, and hybrid. even if the most emphasis is US mining, various references are made to overseas perform. greater than 250 specialists contributed to this article. The books comprise 25 sections by means of an entire index.
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Hydraulicking, dredging, and the solution mining methods are the most economical of all exploitation methods but can be used only for mineral deposits that are easily excavated and susceptible to aqueous (solution) attack. They employ unique and dissimilar cycles of operations and bear little resemblance to the mechanical extraction methods. Placer mining is applicable to the recovery of heavy minerals from shallow alluvial and other unconsolidated deposits; it lends itself to large-scale, continuous operation, especially dredging.
Prospecting methods Direct: physical, geologic Indirect: geophysical, geochemical b. Locate favorable loci (maps, literature, old mines) c. Air: aerial photography, airborne geophysics Space: satellite d. Surface: ground geophysics, geology e. Spot anomaly, analyze, evaluate Define extent and value of ore (examination/evaluation) a. Sample (drilling or excavation), assay, test, log b. Estimate tonnage and grade Feasibility study: make decision to abandon or develop property a. 40/t) Open up ore deposit for production a.
The most critical are natural and geologic factors: ore and rock strength, the presence of groundwater, and the rock-temperature gradient must be evaluated carefully (terrain is less important, because the surface plant is less extensive in underground mining). Social-economic-political-environmental factors can pose a plethora of problems in underground mining: a more skilled labor force must be recruited, financing may be more difficult because of the higher risk involved, and subsidence may occur.