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Biomining: How microbes help to mine copper

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Say bacteria. People think infection. Or yogurts.

But in Chile, bacteria are being used to get at something this country heavily depends on: copper.

Chile is the world's biggest copper exporter, and has the planet's largest known reserves of the red metal.

From http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-17406375

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Well, in the coming decades, we futurists will have to be prepared to let them go as we progress forward. The world will become strange and blurred for them.
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I think it would be neat if we could genetically alter these critters to help us mine rhenium, which is one of the most in-demand and rare elements on Earth.




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This actually isn't surprising to me. Bacterial metal mining was talked about (albeit briefly) in a science fiction novel. The characters called it "bog iron" or something like that. There wasn't much information on it in the book, so I did some research and found out more about it.

Edited by Ru1138, 02 April 2012 - 02:42 PM.

What difference does it make?

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