SOS (slurry or slime)?

Author : Chow Weng Sum & Yunus Abdul Razak
Publication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Page : 149-156
Volume Number : 45
Year : 2002

Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 45, May 2002, pp. 149 – 156


SOS (slurry or slime)?

Chow Weng Sum and Yunus Abdul Razak

Minerals and Geoscience Department Malaysia, Tabung Haji Building, Jalan Tun Razak, P.O. Box 11110, 50736 Kuala Lumpur

Abstract: Soft slurry slime is found at the bottom of many mined-out ponds in the Kinta Valley. Haphazardous reclamation of these ponds has often led to ground settlement problems, resulting in the formation of cracks in buildings built over such reclaimed ground. The terms ‘slurry‘ and ‘slime‘ are often used interchangeably to describe the soft fine residues derived from the washing of placer tin-ore deposits. Based on results of Mackintosh Probes, Shear Vane tests and the study of solids concentration in the slurry slime of eight ponds in the Kinta Valley, a new classification system to distinguish ‘slurry‘ from ‘slime‘ is proposed.

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