All Things…Cyanide

Cyanide is everywhere, not only in the lab

Welcome to CyanoBlog, CyanoGuard’s platform for cyanide-related content sharing. Our aim is to exchange knowledge, professional expertise and relevant facts related to the different industries in which cyanide plays a prominent role.

We’ve noticed that, in common culture, the word cyanide is usually associated with suicide pills, murder cases and mining practices. Indeed, cyanide is a highly poisonous chemical compound and it is used as an additive to chemically extract gold and silver. But there’s more to that.

Cyanide occurs naturally in seeds and fruit stones (apple, apricot and peaches), almonds and even cassava roots (cyanogenic glucosides to be more precise). It is also the by-product of many chemical processes (think of hydrocracking) and it is released as a gas after combustion of common materials (household goods, etc.)

If you are already aware of the role of cyanide in our daily life, this is the place for you to catch up on the latest news. But if you don’t know anything about the topic, that’s also fine. We will share everything you need to know.

For now, we leave you with a short but powerful guide on the chemistry of cyanide, its role in the mining industry, how it affects our environment and health, and current sampling and analysis procedures. For those interested in detailed information: the guide also includes the most comprehensive cyanide references’ list we have ever seen.

Cyanide 101: Cyanide in Gold Mining

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