gold is insoluble. To make gold soluble sodium cyanide is added and the cyanide ion forms a complex ion with the gold. This complex ion, Au 2 , is readily soluble. Issues of gold extraction using cyanide: Cyanide is toxic to humans and may cause death if exposed to high enough doses. Liquid or
Gold Extraction from Mines . Gold and silver are both extracted from the mines using the cyanidation process. This process is achieved by dissolving gold or silver in either a potassium cyanide or sodium cyanide solution. Mining companies also incorporate the use of a technical extraction process in the extraction of gold.
Extraction of gold using cyanide Gold is found in very low concentrations in the ore from which it is mined. To collect the gold from the ore it needs to be separated from the other minerals in the ore. To do this the gold needs to be made into a soluble form so that it can be separated from the other minerals as gold is insoluble.
At present, most cyanidation gold extraction plants use cyanide as a gold extraction reagent. As is well known, cyanide is a kind of highly toxic hazardous chemical, so any misoperation in transportation, storage, use, and other links will cause the events of serious environmental pollution, malignant poisoning, etc.
Process of Cyanide Gold Extraction. Here I present an Process EXAMPLE of Gold Extraction Cyanide in which the cyanidation feed consists of a pyrite concentrate floated after the selective flotation of a copper gold concentrate. The pyrite concentrate is reground to 90% minus 325 mesh and aerated in a high lime solution prior to cyanidation.
Cyanide Process. Cyanide process is also called as Macarthur forest Process. It is the process of extracting gold or silver from the ores by dissolving in a dilute solution of potassium cyanide or sodium cyanide. This process was introduced in the year 1887 by the Scottish chemists naming Robert W. Forrest, John S. MacArthur, and William Forrest.