Nextgen miners might include microbes
"Biomining" to process ore and mine tailings without chemicals Metal Tech News - November 8, 2023
Last updated 11/15/2023 at 6:51pm
Each year in Canada, roughly 200 active mines contribute to billions of tons of mining waste. The estimated number of tailing storage facilities surveyed worldwide is over 12,000.
While considered industrial waste, these facilities also contain a number of useful minerals at a concentration deemed too low to be worth extracting-until now.
Enter biomining, which covers several biological separ...