Platinum Ore Mining
How is platinum extracted from its ore?
An ore is a naturally accuring mineral from which a pure metal can be ectracted For platinum ore mining, the two chief minerals are sperrylite or platinum arsendise and co-operate or platinum sulfide. Extracting platinum from these ores is arguably one of the most capital and labour intensive operations in the world. On average, it takes up to six month up to 12 tonnes of ore to produce an industry standard troy ounce, which is 31.135 grams of pure metal. However , in mining using 4.5 tonnes of ore to produce one gram of platinum would not be considered abnormal
The extraction process.
Before a mine is even opened the potential site is explored and essessed for viability, in other words, is it profitable to extract the metal from its ore. Assuming that this process demonstrates the commercial viability the mining operation is established, the actual process can begin.