How are metals extracted from mineral ores? How do we make iron, steel, other alloys, aluminium, sodium, copper, zinc, titanium and chromium. The six linked pages include an introduction to metal extraction or metal manufacture and production.
Chalcopyrite ores are usually processed by means of hydrometallurgical or pyrometallurgical processes, but due to environmental aspects and the possibility of increased exploitation of mixed and lower grade ores and relatively small isolated deposits, there has been a worldwide upsurge of interest in the hydrometallurgical processes of this ore as compared to pyrometallurgy.
The general focus of this document will be on metaliferrous ores represented by run-of-mine material described in category 3 above. An exception to the above discussion of mineral processing arises when the valuable component of the ore is extracted directly by chemical methods.