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Leaching of molybdenum and arsenic from uranium ore and mill tailings

Hydrometallurgy

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Abstract

A sequential, selective extraction procedure was used to assess the effects of sulfuric acid milling on the geochemical associations of molybdenum and arsenic in a uranium ore blend, and the tailings derived therefrom. The milling process removed about 21% of the molybdenum and 53% of the arsenic initially present in the ore. While about one-half of the molybdenum in the ore was water soluble, only about 14% existed in this form in the tailings. The major portion of the extractable molybdenum in the tailings appears to be associated with hydrous oxides of iron, and with alkaline earth sulfate precipitates. In contrast with the pattern seen for molybdenum, the partitioning of arsenic into the various extractable fractions differs little between the ore and the tailings. ?? 1984.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Leaching of molybdenum and arsenic from uranium ore and mill tailings
Series title:
Hydrometallurgy
Volume
13
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1984
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Hydrometallurgy
First page:
203
Last page:
211
Number of Pages:
9