Terminology. Tailings are also called mine dumps, culm dumps, slimes, tails, refuse, leach residue, slickens, or terracone (terrikon).. Examples Sulfide minerals. The effluent from the tailings from the mining of sulfidic minerals has been described as "the largest environmental liability of the mining industry".
Surface mine haul roads are used for transporting raw products from the mine to the preparation plant, and waste dumps. Every aspect of highway engineering, including minimum slope inclines, properly banked curves, and adequate drainage, must be followed to facilitate construction of safe
The total movement of ore and waste constitutes the mining process. Often more waste than ore is mined during the life of a mine, depending on the nature and location of the ore body. Waste removal and placement is a major cost to the mining operator, so a detailed characterization of the waste material forms an essential part of the geological
The Lihir gold mine in Papua New Guinea dumps over 5 million tons of toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean each year, destroying corals and other ocean life. Companies mining for gold and other metals in total dump at least 180 million tons of toxic waste into rivers, lakes, and oceans each yearmore than 1.5 times the waste that U.S. cities
Waste That rock or mineral which must be removed from a mine to keep the mining scheme practical, but which has no value. Water Gauge (standard Utube) Instrument that measures differential pressures in inches of water. Wedge A piece of wood tapering to a thin edge and used for tightening in conventional timbering.