Small-scale gold mining in southern Africa

Joubert, Barend Daniel (1992) Small-scale gold mining in southern Africa. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The general characteristics of gold deposits are reviewed, and a classification of gold deposits based on mineability is proposed. Evaluation, mlnlng and beneficiation methods are briefly discussed. It is concluded that the most viable targets for small-scale companies comprise deposits that require the least pre-production time and expense. Great potential exists for the small-scale reclamation of gold from tailings dumps and abandoned mines in Southern Africa. There is also potential for developing new smallscale gold mines in the Archaean greenstone terranes of the Zimbabwean and Kaapvaal cratons.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gold, Mining, South Africa, Deposits, Evaluation, Beneficiation methods, Tailings dumps, Abandoned mines
Subjects:Q Science > QE Geology
T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Geology
Supervisors:Pirajno, Franco and Jacob, Roger
ID Code:4198
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:07 Dec 2012 06:18
Last Modified:07 Dec 2012 06:18
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