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University of Waterloo enlist microbes to recover mine tailings Metal Tech News - May 3, 2023

Similar to some International Space Station experiments for mining in space, the University of Waterloo in Southern Ontario has been using microorganisms as an environmentally friendly means of breaking down tailings here on Earth, reclaiming critical resources and cleaning up the leftovers of yesteryear at the same time.

A common byproduct of mining, tailings are typically fine-grained waste mate...


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