Froth flotation is a process for selectively separating hydrophobic materials from hydrophilic. This is used in mineral processing, paper recycling and waste-water treatment industries. Historically this was first used in the mining industry, where it was one of the great enabling technologies of the 20th century.
From primitive, cumbersome mining methods to compact, efficient modern-day equipment, copper mining has become a cost-effective, efficient process. Additionally, today's mining equipment makes it possible to reduce waste and decrease chemical exposure during all phases of the copper mining process.
This flowchart made of machinery icons explains or expresses in simple but clear terms the step of the Copper Mining and Copper Extraction Process. Starting from either open-pit or underground mining and using a different relevant treatment method for oxide or sulphide copper mineral (ore).