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Mining and Mineral Industries

Small-scale mining is labour intensive but it provides a source of income to a large number of men and women in developing countries.

It often provides an out of season alternative to agriculture. In addition, regions with a profusion of exploitable minerals are experiencing more permanent migration into mining activities because of factors such as climate change and worsening economics are affecting traditional industries and agricultural employment.

For more than eleven million people who rely on small-scale mining for their livelihood, the development of better technologies and safer, more environmentally sound practices will make a real difference.

General Resources

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A Simple Retort

  • fact sheet
  • English

How to make and use a simple retort for separating gold-mercury amalgam.

Edmund Bugnosen, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/07

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A Simple Retort - Construcción y Uso de Una Retorta Simple

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  • Spanish

Cómo construir y usar una retorta simple para la separación del oro y mercurio de una amalgama.

Edmund Bugnosen, Published by Practical Action on 02/13/07

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A Simple Retort - Uma Retorta Simples

  • fact sheet
  • Portuguese

Como fazer e usar uma simples retorta para separar amálgama de ouro-mercúrio

Edmund Bugnosen, Published by Practical Action on 02/06/13

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Gypsum Processing and Use

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  • English

Gypsum is used as a building material, making writing chalk, as a soil conditioner and to make moulds for pottery.

Otto Ruskulis, Published by Appropriate Technology Journal on 02/13/10

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Mineral Processing: Milling

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  • English

This brief presents the factors to consider when choosing a grinding application and gives an overview of the...

Otto Ruskulis, Published by Practical Action on 08/01/10

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Also see from GATE International

Tools for Mining: Techniques and Processes for Small scale Mining (pdf)
Author: M. Priester, T. Hentschel, B. Benthin
Editor: GTZ-GATE
Year: 1993
Pages: 537

Tools for Mining: Techniques and Processes for Small scale Mining (pdf)
Author: M. Priester, T. Hentschel, B. Benthin
Editor: GTZ-GATE
Year: 1993
Pages: 537

Tools for Mining: Techniques and Processes for Small scale Mining (pdf)
Author: M. Priester, T. Hentschel, B. Benthin
Editor: GTZ-GATE
Year: 1993
Pages: 537

 

Mining and Mineral Industries publications from Practical Action Publishing

Mining on a Small and Medium Scale
This book aims to delve into the many dimensions of small and medium scale mining and to take stock of the emerging issues.

Small-scale Mining, Rural Subsistence, and Poverty in West Africa
This book aims to facilitate a radical change in the way in which policies and support services are implemented for ASM by underscoring the importance of improving understanding of the industry’s population and industry dynamics.

Small-scale Gold Mining
This is a comprehensive and practical guide aimed at filling a need for improved gold mining techniques.

Small-scale Mining
A guide to available equipment on all aspects of small-scale mining, from prospecting and surveying through haulage, handling and transport.
 

 

 

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