Glossary beginning with F

Flotation (ore enrichment)

A stage in the process of breaking down orelexicon.png into fragments of varying composition of useful elements which exploits differences in the degree of wettability of individual mineral grains. Wellwetted minerals fall to the bottom of the flotation tank, while the poorly-wetted grains (those whose wettability decreases due to the action of so-called collecting agents, e.g. xanthates) collect at the surface of the froth created from froth-inducing agents.

Flotation tailings

Waste remaining after the orelexicon.png enrichment process; can be utilised or stored.