Environmental effects of copper
Copper can be released into the environment by both natural sources and human actions. Examples of natural sources are wind-blown dust, decaying vegetation, forest fires and sea spray. Other examples are mining, metal production, wood production and phosphate fertilizer production.
Because copper is released both naturally and through human activity it is very widespread in the environment.
When copper ends up in soil it strongly attaches to organic matter and minerals. As a result it does not travel very far after release and it hardly ever enters groundwater. In surface water copper can travel great distances, either suspended on sludge particles or as free ions.
That is why there is not much plant diversity near copper disposing factories. Due to the effects upon plants copper is a serious threat to the productions of farmlands.
When the soils of farmland are polluted with copper, animals will absorb concentrations that are damaging to their health. Mainly sheep suffer a great deal from copper poisoning.
There are Four methods used to process copper, these methods are:
Milling acts as a crusher, where the ore is broken into small pieces. Water is first added to the crushed...