Can We Stop The Use of Cyanide In Gold Mining?

Traditionally, cyanide has been used extensively in the gold mining industry to leach gold from ores. As a reactive organic compound, cyanide binds easily with metals like gold, effectively separating these metals from their ores. But there are severe environmental and health implications of this. The use of cyanide has produced sizeable amounts of waste…
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Time To Do Away With Cyanide In Gold Mining

Annually, 1.1 million metric tons of hydrogen cyanide are produced, with approximately 6% used to produce cyanide reagents for gold and silver processing. Cyanide usage is popular because it easily combines with many metals especially gold. In gold mining, a sodium cyanide solution is generally used to leach gold from ore. There are two types…
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