“Disseminated Ore” was “Word of the Week”, for the fifth week of 2022. “Word of the Week” is a weekly publication on this website. The word of the week also gets explained more in-depth, during the weekly show “What’s Cheap”.
Disseminated ore consists mainly of ore with low mineral concentration, which is scattered throughout the rock. The ore minerals are not visible to the naked eye, which means the ore is very low grade.
Deposits with disseminated ore could still be profitable to mine, under the right market conditions (i.e. high prices).
Although low grade, in most cases disseminated ore deposits are very large.
Often times, disseminated ore deposits would contain gold, and copper. For example, copper porphyry deposits are often disseminated ore deposits.
Further your research by reading this article on Sampling and Estimating Disseminated Copper Deposits.
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