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Mineral dressing
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After extraction the raw products of mining generally need processing to remove the gangue, to sort, purify, and concentrate the valuable material, and to achieve optimum particle size for further utilization. Ore deposits – the most important object of mineral dressing during the early modern period (see Mining 4.1.) – often contain multiple valuable materials. Here the goal was to remove the barren material and separate the various ores (e.g. copper, lead, and zinc ore,…

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Bartels, Christoph, “Mineral dressing”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024122>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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