General Geology

1988 Edition

Borehole mining

  • C. E. G. Bennett
  • T. C. Parks
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-30844-X_13

Borehole mining is a general term for any process in which the wanted mineral or metal values of a deposit are fluidized in place by some means and removed from the deposit via borehole. Researchers have proposed (Shock and Conley, 1974; Anon., 1974a) that it should supplant the accepted, but narrower, term chemical mining , which implies that the wanted values are dissolved in a reagent that is circulated through the deposit, the permeability of which may be artificially increased for the purpose. Thus, borehole mining encompasses slurry mining, which has been proposed for the recovery of insoluble minerals—e.g., coal, phosphate rock—as suspended solids. Borehole mining is also perhaps more apt for the long-established Frasch process (see Vol. IVA: Sulfur: Element and Geochemistry), in which superheated water is injected into sulfur deposits and the resulting sulfur melt is pumped to the surface (Frasch, 1976), and for the in situ (in-place) retortingof petroleum from oil shales and...

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  • C. E. G. Bennett
  • T. C. Parks

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