The Bureau of Mines conducted laboratory semi-continuous and continuous heavy liquid tests to determine the feasibility of producing commercial-grade products from the high-clay sylvinite ores of the Permian Basin in New Mexico. Continuous test operations demonstrated that concentrates containing 59.9 percent K20 and recoveries of over 75 percent of the contained potash can be obtained. The organic heavy liquid was effectively recovered by vaporization, condensation, and absorption methods. Less than 5 parts per million of heavy liquid vapors were released to the atmosphere. This loss represents only 0.02 pound of heavy liquid per ton of ore treated.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The announcement for this report of investigations appeared in the Bureau of Mines--New Publications, Febuary 1973, Monthly List 694.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Mines

    College Park Research Center
    College Park, MD  United States  20742
  • Authors:
    • Liles, K J
    • Brown, J W
    • Sullivan, G V
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 14 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00043591
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Mines
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RI 7724
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 1 1973 12:00AM