Economic and environmental benefits from froth flotation recovery of titanium, zirconium, iron and rare earth minerals from oilsand tailings

Mku Thaddeus Ityokumbul, W. Bulani, N. Kosaric

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Abstract

The froth flotation recovery of titanium, zirconium, iron and rare earth minerals from oilsand tailings and their further beneficiation are described in this paper. The recovery of rare earth mineral value from these tailings has not been reported previously due to their low concentrations. The economic value of all of these minerals recovered in this way has been estimated to be almost double the cost of full effective tailings management. Adoption of these processes can eliminate the current unsound practice of simply storing these tailings behind high dykes in large lagoons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-331
Number of pages9
JournalWater Science and Technology
Volume19
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1987
EventWater Pollut Res and Control, Part 2, Proc of the Thirteenth Bienn Conf of the Int Assoc on Water Pollut Res and Control - Rio De Janeiro, Braz
Duration: Aug 17 1986Aug 22 1986

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology

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