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BOOK REVIEW – Paste and Thickened Tailings

The AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR GEOMECHANICS has issued the second edition of its must-have guide, "Paste and Thickened T...


The AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR GEOMECHANICS has issued the second edition of its must-have guide, “Paste and Thickened Tailings”. It covers all aspects of the topic from preparation through to surface and underground disposal and mine closure. It is aimed at providing guidance and advice for professionals who want to implement a paste and thickened tailings system at their operations.

The book is divided into 12 chapters covering the entire life-cycle of a project. Sustainability, rheology, slurry chemistry and material characterization are covered. The Reagents chapter, which can be a significant cost in paste systems, helps the operator optimize their use by understanding their development history. There are chapters on thickeners, the behaviour of thickened tails during transportation, and underground disposal. The advantages and disadvantages of surface disposal and the use of paste fill are discussed. Mine closure issues are thoroughly examined. The guide winds up with 12 case studies for surface disposal of thickened tailings.

For further information or to obtain a copy of the Australian Centre for Geomechanics’ “Paste and Thickened Tailings – A Guide (Second Edition)”, please contact Josephine Ruddle at acg@acg.uwa.edu.au.

The 10th International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings will be held in Perth, Australia, in March 2007. Please visit www.Paste07.com for details.


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