Copper Mining and Extraction Sulfide Ores
heap leaching. In Zambia and Zaire, however, siliceous copper oxide ores are floated with fatty acid collectors, and dolomitic copper oxide ores are sulfidized with sodium hydrogensulfide and then floated . Pyrometallurgical copper production Figure 3: Typical flow sheet for pyrometallurgical copper production from ore concentratesMost of the copper ores mined in the United States contain only about 1.2-1.6% copper by weight. The most common sulfide ore is chalcopyrite, CuFeS 2, also known as copper pyrite or yellow copper ore. Chalcocite, Cu 2 S, is another sulfide ore. Cuprite, or red copper ore, Cu 2 O, is an oxide ore.