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TitleChapter 32: Oxidation of massive sulfide deposits in the Bathurst Mining Camp, New Brunswick: natural analogues for acid drainage in temperate climates
AuthorBoyle, D R
SourceEnvironmental geochemistry of sulfide oxidation; by Alpers, C N (ed.); Blowes, D W (ed.); American Chemical Society Symposium Series vol. 550, 1994 p. 535-550,
Alt SeriesGeological Survey of Canada, Contribution Series 28792
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Meeting2004th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society; Washington, DC; US; August 23-28, 1992
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceNew Brunswick
AreaBathurst Mining Camp
Subjectsmineralogy; metallic minerals; environmental geology; gossans; sulphides; oxidation; mineralization; minerals; mineralogical analyses; tailings; mineral deposits
Released2009 07 23
AbstractMass-balance techniques have been applied to gossan zones overlying massive sulfide deposits in the Bathurst camp of New Brunswick to determine the relative order of mobility of toxic elements during prolonged oxidation of this type of mineralization under temperate climatic conditions. The oxidation sequence of sulfide minerals and the relative mobilities of various metals out of these oxidized zones are remarkably similar to the oxidation-mobility characteristics observed for massive sulfide tailings impoundments in Canadian temperate climates. The oxidation rates for various types of massive sulfide tailings deposits are greater than those of natural consolidated massive sulfide ore bodies by a factor of 200 or more.

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