Turkish gold mining and monitoring in Ovacik gold-silver mine

Akcil A. U.

10th International Conference on Tailings and Mine Waste, Colorado, United States Of America, 12 - 15 October 2003, pp.37-40 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Colorado
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.37-40


Recently several national and international companies explored for gold deposits in some regions of Turkey. In these searching activities, they discovered nine economically viable gold deposits with reserves ranging from 7 to 245 tons of gold metal. Turkey has started an important era related to the first serious gold mining and environmental protection along with the gold-silver mine located in Ovacik, which is epithermal type and has an economical value in 1989. Turkey produced its first gold bar in May 2001 utilizing cyanide & CIP process, after 12 years of permitting procedures and numerous court cases. For the Ovacik gold-silver mine, during two years period average cyanide concentration in samples taken from tailings discharge was 0.1 ppm (HCN) and in the tailings pond were measured as below 1 ppm (CNWAD).