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MINERAL PROCESSING METHOD OF THE WEEK - GOLD CYANIDATION!!

For every tonne of ore that is mined, only a very small amount (about 5 g) of gold is extracted. A number of different methods can be used to separate gold from its ore, but one of the more common methods is called gold cyanidation. In the process of gold cyanidation, the ore is crushed and then cyanide (CN−) solution is added so that the gold particles are chemically separated from the ore. In this stage of the process, gold is oxidised. Zinc dust is then added to the cyanide solution. The zinc then takes the place of the gold, so that the gold is precipitated out of the solution - Siyavula.

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