Exploration & Environmental Geochemistry

Traditional geochemistry focused on the exploration needs of the mining industry, looking for anomalies that would point the way to new deposits. Then came environmental geochemistry that assessed the potential for the environmental impact from operations. More recently, geochemistry has developed a branch into geometallurgy that combines an understanding of the minerals and their properties with the way they are liberated into commodities. Geochemistry at SRK has evolved to encompass all these aspects.

The SRK geochemistry team has a breadth of experience and is a combination of geochemists and geochemical engineers. Working together, they can help define and assess problems, and provide engineered solutions. The team regularly provides exploration services and can cover all environmental assessment from baseline studies through to closure evaluation.

The team works closely with academic institutions, where required, to keep at the forefront of this developing field and has an extensive publication list. This enables the team to provide the most up to date and appropriate solutions to the clients and to develop unique solutions where existing solutions are not adequate.
 

SRK can provide a range of services that cover a comprehensive approach in applied mineralogy. 
Mineralogy provides information on the nature of natural and synthetic materials and focuses around the chemistry and physical properties of crystalline products. Services Geological characterisation of an orebody to understand exploration significance or origin or to define controls on mineralization, which can be useful when modelling the deposit as a...
The majority of the world’s non-ferrous metal mining is within sulphide ore bodies and when excavated these minerals naturally weather to form ARDML, potentially the biggest environmental impact from mining operations. Prediction of ARDML: Undertake representative sampling of waste rock, stockpiled ore and processing waste. Undertake initial characterisation study: Static...
UK Mine Waste Classification and Assessment
Acid Rock Drainage and Metal Leaching (ARDML) is probably one of the major environmental impacts a mining operation can have on the surrounding environment. The majority of contaminants from a mining operation arise through the mobilisation with water. When materials are excavated the change in environment can have a dramatic...
SRK has experience of making quantitative, valid predictions of water quality throughout the life cycle of mining operations for most mineral commodities and in all mining and process scenarios.
An important task in the management of mine water quality is the prediction of changes in mine water chemistry in response to changes in mining, or development of a project over time, or on closure. The task of making valid accurate predictions of mine site water quality is therefore a...
Traitement des eaux des sites miniers
Water is important in all mining and quarrying developments and operations. Every mine requires a water supply and water can impact on mining, or, conversely, mining can impact the natural water environment. Water management in mining environments requires an integrated approach in terms of the influence of water on the...
SRK can help with defining ore material variability in terms of process parameters, such as ore hardness, leach and flotation kinetics and presence of impurities.
Geometallurgy incorporates the principles of process mineralogy and material characterisation as a tool for predictive metallurgy. SRK can help you define the ore material variability in terms of process parameters, such as ore hardness, leach and flotation kinetics and presence of impurities. Minimising differences between planned and actual production will...
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