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  • n. the waste that remains after the minerals have been extracted from an ore by ore dressing; gangue, slimes
  • n. Plural form of tailing.


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  • Finally, the waste product-known in the industry as "tailings" - is deposited in man-made ponds where further refining is done before the water is then discharged into the local watershed.


  • So they store it in what's called tailings ponds, though the word pond hardly does them justice.

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  • Now that the top of the mesa was shaved off, the tailings were the tallest point around.

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  • The metal waste, known as tailings, would kill all aquatic life in the lake.

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  • He however said such was not the case with the Kayelekera project as the Paladin proposes to leave the tailings, which is the radioactive material left after processing and extracting uranium above the ground.

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  • Uranium mining and disposal of milling wastes called tailings and spent fuel create even more hazards.


  • Most of the tailings are the excavated overburden rock and rejected sand; both can be stockpiled and used as backfill with little threat to the environment (Stosur and others, 1998).

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  • The process of extracting gold from lode stuff and tailings by means of cyanide of potassium is now largely used and may be thus briefly described: -- It is chiefly applied to tailings, that is, crushed ore that has already passed over the amalgamating and blanket tables.

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  • A new audit has found problems with verifying farmers' claims for changes to agricultural practices, and the way oil sands companies measure emissions from their large effluent lakes, called "tailings ponds."

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  • The tailings are the waste product from the previous operation of the Carolin Mine from

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