Although this requires more ore to be extracted and processed, this process is less expensive, so oxides can still be mined at a profit. On the other hand, while copper sulfide ores are less abundant, they contain higher amounts of copper. Although the processing costs are higher, ultimately more copper can be extracted.
A look at the underground mining process The Resolution Copper deposit lies more than a mile beneath the surface. The most viable way to recover this ore body is by going underground, using a process called block caving. Block caving is a proven mining method using advanced technologies. Here’s how it works. Ore, rock containing … Continued