Development of Zoning Method for Man-Made Massifs

Melnichenko I.A., Kirichenko Yu.V.
National Research Technological University «МISiS», Moscow, Russian Federation
Russian Mining Industry №3 / 2021 р. 116–122

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Abstract: Contemporary mining industry is a complex system that is constantly expanding both in terms of explored sources of mineral raw materials and in terms of developing new approaches to mining and processing of minerals. Such a buildup in the scope of tasks set for the industry, as well as the technical progress, lead to various issues related to the quality, quantity and rational use of mineral raw materials. Rationalization, in its turn, should be carried out in a phased manner through the use of comprehensive measures, one of which is reclamation of man-made wastes, represented by waste rocks, tailings, slags, dust, etc. In addition, this approach simultaneously resolves several other important challenges the industry is facing, e.g. increasing the environmental safety of mining regions and increasing the economic feasibility of production by extracting additional components from waste materials. The scope of application of such a solution to the challenge of rationalizing production is immense and can be implemented at many deposits located in the territory of the CIS due to the presence of huge volumes of waste generated by mining raw materials. These wastes were accumulated because of the absence of full-fledged technologies to extract useful components from the rock mass in the past as well as other requirements to ore conditioning than those acting today. For example, in the Republic of Bashkortostan, the overburden dumps and off-balance ores that have been created by mining enterprises amount to more than 1 billion tons, hydraulic-mine dumps of processing plants reach 50 million tons, manmade waters exceed 9 million m3 annually. At the same time, the amount of useful components contained in these man-made deposits can be up to 1.5 million tons for copper, 2 million tons for zinc, about 100 tons of gold as well as significant amounts of other associated components, including various non-metallic formations.

Keywords: mining, man-made massif, mining wastes, geostatistics, waste processing, hydraulic fill dump, Inverse distance weighting method, sulfides, tailing dump

For citation: Melnichenko I.A., Kirichenko Yu.V. Development of Zoning Method for Man-Made Massifs. Gornaya promyshlennost = Russian Mining Industry. 2021;(3):116–122. (In Russ.) DOI 10.30686/1609-9192-2021-3-116-122.

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Received: 01.06.2021

Revised: 14.06.2021

Accepted: 21.06.2021

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Ilia A. Melnichenko – Graduate Student Department of Geology and Mine Surveying, National Research Technological University “МISiS”, Moscow, Russian Federation; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yury V. Kirichenko – Dr. Sci. (Eng.), Associate Professor, National Research Technological University “МISiS”, Moscow, Russian Federation


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