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Old 12-05-2019, 03:16 AM   #10
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Default Re: Space Mining: Ore Availability and Yield

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Originally Posted by ak_aramis View Post
The concentration processes are interesting, because some are gravitational/mechanical, while others are thermochemical.

Sulphur is concentrated by thermochemical - it's dissolved in hot water, and when the water hits surface and cools, the sulphur condenses out. Not going to happen on a dwarf.
I suggested once that the surfaces of sulphur moons like Io might be a good source of accessible chalcophile minerals, which no class of asteroids is noticeably enriched with. But I could never quite get a JTAS article out of it.

One problem with the suggestion is that sulphur moons, being of necessity in close orbits around large gas giants, are likely to have a severe radiation hazard from their plasma toruses.
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