The mineralogy of silver and its significance in metal extraction

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 77, No. 866, 1984

CLAUDIA GASPARRINI, Consultant in Ore Microscopy and Mineralogy, Applied to Metal Extraction, Minmet Scientific Ltd., Toronto, Ontario

Silver occurs in about 200 minerals in variable amounts. Silver ores usually have 5 or 6 and in some instances as many as 10 species of silver minerals. All these minerals may have different flotation and leaching properties and should be correctly identified for successful recoveries. Grain size and host minerals which are critical in gold recovery, are not always as important for silver minerals.
Mots Clés: Silver, Silver mineralogy, Metal extraction, Metallurgy, Silver-bearing minerals, Silver recovery