Quantifying the recoverable resources of companion metals: A preliminary study of Australian mineral resources

Mudd, G, Yellishetty, M, Reck, B and Graedel, T 2014, 'Quantifying the recoverable resources of companion metals: A preliminary study of Australian mineral resources', Resources, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 657-671.


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Title Quantifying the recoverable resources of companion metals: A preliminary study of Australian mineral resources
Author(s) Mudd, G
Yellishetty, M
Reck, B
Graedel, T
Year 2014
Journal name Resources
Volume number 3
Issue number 4
Start page 657
End page 671
Total pages 15
Publisher M D P I AG
Abstract The long-term availability of mineral resources is crucial in underpinning human society, technology, and economic activity, and in managing anthropogenic environmental impacts. This is increasingly true for metals that do not generally form the primary product of mines ("host" metals), such as copper or iron, but are recovered as by-products (or sometimes co-products during the processing of primary ores). For these "companion" metals, it is therefore useful to develop methodologies to estimate the recoverable resource, i.e., the amount that could, if desired, be extracted and put into use over the next several decades. We describe here a methodological approach to estimating the recoverable resources of companion metals in metal ores, using preliminary data for some particular host/companion pairs in Australia as examples.
Subject Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) mineral resources
sustainable mining
companion metals
Australia
DOI - identifier 10.3390/resources3040657
Copyright notice © 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article, Creative Commons
ISSN 2079-9276
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