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Dissolution occurs in an electrochemical sense at local anodes bringing Fe(II) ions and thiosulfate in solution in the case of pyrite. A review on the anodic and cathodic reactions is given by Rimstidt and Vaughan . It may be speculated that these local anodes are the sites towards which the cells are chemotactically attracted. These anodes and cathodes may result from the abovementioned imperfections in the crystal lattice (with iron-to-sulfur ratios not exactly 1 to 2), an inclusion of other metal atoms (heteroatoms, the concentration may reach several percent of the whole crystal matrix) during the process of crystallization (from saturated solutions), and/or from variations of temperature during crystallization (causing amorphous up to highly crystalline structures).
8 Conclusions Biomining is increasingly being used in the mining industry for the production of copper and gold, but also for nickel, cobalt, zinc, and uranium. Dump/stockpile and heap bioleaching and stirred-tank bioleaching (or biooxidation) are the most important processes. Caving mining methods in combination with in situ bioleaching could play a major role in the future in order to increase the efficiency of copper mining, as well as the bioleaching of primary copper sulfides. ), promising laboratory methods and even pilot processes already exist.
While the iron-oxidizing system operates under aerobic conditions and favors the precipitation of schwertmannite (a potentially valuable mineral), the sulfate-reducing system requires anaerobic conditions and produces metal sulfides. Both systems can be operated inline because the formation of clean products (free of other metals) has been shown for each system [74, 108]. , zinc and copper) depending on the solubility products of their sulfite phases. 1 Selective Metal Recovery from Acidic Waters in a Sulfidogenic System Conventionally biological sulfate-reducing systems utilize neutrophilic, sulfatereducing bacteria, which are extremely sensitive to acidic solutions (such as the mine-affected waters).