21st Century
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Mineral processing – Recovery of metals from the rock

Extractive Metallurgy of Non-Ferrous Metals


Classes of metals are described and major metals in each class are identified and located on the periodic table.  Metallurgical processes are separated into three main categories; beneficiation, hydrometallurgy, and pyrometallurgy.   The major unit operations in each category are briefly described.  The processing of an ore may require dozens of unit operations.  The role of the extractive metallurgist is described, from mine to market. 

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