Tailing pond

Tailing ponds are areas of refused mining tailings where the refuse material is ponded to allow the settlement of solid particles from the water it is carried in. The ponded water is of some benefit as it minimizes fine tailings from being transported by wind. Tailings ponds are often somewhat dangerous because the wastes deposited into the ponds are often very toxic or corrosive or both to human and animal life. Tailings ponds are used to store the waste made from separating minerals from rocks. Tailings are sometimes mixed with other materials such as cement and bentonite to form a thicker slurry that slows the release of impacted water to the environment.


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