the gold from ore, carbon adsorption to extract the gold from the cyanide solution and electrolytic refining and chlorination to refine the gold. The LCA assessed production from both nonrefractory ores, which are relatively easy to treat, and refractory ores where the gold is 'lockedin' and requires more complex processing.
REFRACTORY ORE PROCESSING. The common definition of "refractory" gold ores, are those ores that do not allow the recovery of gold by standard gravity concentration or direct cyanide leaching. One major egory of refractory ores are gold values contained within the crystalline structure of sulfide minerals such as pyrite and arsenopyrite.