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Copper Production Plant By Heap Leaching

The mined ore is usually crushed into small chunks and heaped on an impermeable plastic or clay lined leach pad where it can be irrigated with a leach solution to dissolve the valuable metals While sprinklers are occasionally used for irrigation, more often operations use drip irrigation to minimize evaporation, provide more uniform distribution of the leach solution, and avoid damaging the exposed mineral The solution then percolates through the heap and leaches both the target and other minerals This process, called the "leach cycle," generally takes from one or t

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