Geochemical Studies to Characterise the Complex Sulfur Mineralogy at Red Dog Pb-Zn Mine
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Jan 1, 2000
Open-pit mining began at Red Dog in 1989. Mining is expected to continue past 2030 but closure planning is an ongoing process. Geochemical studies of rock and tailings were begun in 1996 as part of development of closure plans to address leaching of metals and ARD. The deposit has many different primary and secondary sulfur minerals in amounts that preclude the use of conventional geochemical characterization methods. This paper will describe development of a specific chemical method to estimate the speciation of sulfur and classify wastes according to reactivity.