This flowchart made of machinery icons explains or expresses in simple but clear terms the step of the Copper Mining and Copper Extraction Process. Starting from either openpit or underground mining and using a different relevant treatment method for oxide or sulphide copper mineral (ore).
Mining metals: Metals are often found as compounds in ore is a rock or mineral that has enough metal in it to make it worth extracting. In the case of copper, it is worth extracting when there is about 2 kg of copper per 1000 kg of ore.
2 Recovery of Copper by Solution Mining Methods Solution mining replicates the natural process of oxidation and reduction, described above. Dilute acidic solutions are introduced to the copperbearing ores, causing
Copper processing is a complicated process that begins with mining of the ore (less than 1% copper) and ends with sheets of % pure copper called cathodes, which will ultimately be made into products for everyday use.