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The identification and testing of a method for mercury-free gold processing for artisanal and small-scale gold miners in Ghana

Styles, M.T.; Amankwah, R.K.; Al-Hassan, S.; Nartey, R.S.. 2010 The identification and testing of a method for mercury-free gold processing for artisanal and small-scale gold miners in Ghana. International Journal of Environment and Pollution, 41 (3-4). 289-303. 10.1504/IJEP.2010.033237

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Abstract/Summary

A study of the ASM sector of Ghana established the practices and attitudes of gold miners and proposed an alternative to mercury amalgamation. The study showed that miners were aware of health hazards associated with mercury but continued to use it because they knew of no credible alternative. It was realised that any process to replace amalgamation must be very efficient to capture gold around 50–100 μm. To be acceptable to the miners the method must be: easy, quick, cheap, transparent and suitable for processing small batches of concentrate. Direct smelting was selected as the technique of choice.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1504/IJEP.2010.033237
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Minerals and waste
Date made live: 15 Jun 2010 08:43
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9990

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