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Aluminium | Geoscience Australia

Aluminium can be extracted (uneconomically) from some clays but the most common aluminium ore is a material called bauxite. First the aluminium ore needs to be mined, then the bauxite is refined into alumina (aluminium oxide). Large amounts of electricity are used to smelt the alumina into aluminium metal. Properties

Aluminium - Rio Tinto

Aluminium is made from bauxite, or aluminium ore. Bauxite is the basic raw material that is refined into alumina, which in turn is sent to smelters for processing into aluminium. First discovered near Les Beaux in the South of France in 1821, bauxite was initially called “beauxite”.

Water - Rio Tinto

We produce iron ore for steel, aluminium for cars and smart phones, copper for wind turbines, diamonds that set the standard for “responsible”, titanium for household products and borates for crops that feed the world ... In the Pilbara region of Western Australia, we own an integrated portfolio of iron ore assets: a world-class, integrated ...

Mining and Refining – Process - World Aluminium

The main difference between the latter two is that diaspore has a different crystalline structure to böhmite. Differences in ore composition and presence of iron, silicon and titanium impurities influence their subsequent processing. 90% of the world’s bauxite reserves are …

Worsley Alumina - South32

May 18, 2015· Interest in bauxite mining in the South West of Australia stretches back to the 1960s. However, mining and refining the ore didn’t get underway until the 1980s. At the time, building the mine, conveyor belt and processing plant was Australia’s most expensive capital project, costing AUD$1.2 billion and employing 3500 people.