Elements: Geometallurgy

January 09, 2024

Geometallurgy is an interdisciplinary research field concerned with the planning, monitoring, and optimization of mineral resource extrac­tion and processing. Geometallurgy requires a quantitative understanding of primary resource characteristics such as mineralogical composition and texture, the distribution and variability of these characteristics across the target ore body, and how these interact with mining and beneficiation processes. This requires accurate analytical data for resource characterization, a detailed under­standing of ore body geology, process technology, economics, and the often­-complex interactions between them. In this issue of Elements, we explore the fundamental concepts relevant to the field. We also review how current geometallurgical research is opening up opportunities for geoscientists to generate better economic and environmental outcomes for the global raw materials industry as part of a sustainable economy.  

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