The Little Workers of the Mining Industry

Joseph McPhee, BioTeach

This biotechnology reference site describes the role of microbes in the mining industry. Written in textbook format, the site includes sections about biomineralization, bioleaching, stirred tank processes, and the use of bacteria in waste management. It includes scientific illustrations, the relevant oxidation and reduction reactions of bioleaching, and stirred tank processes.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Biology, Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Geochemistry:Oxidation/Reduction Reactions
Resource Type: Scientific Resources, Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: Acidic, Altered by Humans
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats, Metabolism, Biosphere:Ecology, Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Habitats:Terrestrial, Freshwater, Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Oxidation/Reduction Reactions, Biosphere, Solid Earth:Geochemistry, Biosphere:Microbiology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:GeochemistryKeywords: Acidothiobacillus, Thiobacillus, Leptospirillum, Acidiphilium, Sulfobacillus, Ferroplasma, Sulfolobus, Metallosphaera, and Acidianus