Cadmium: processing; Mining and beneficiation; Cadmium is mainly a byproduct of beneficiating and refining of zinc metal from sulfide ore concentrates. The mined zinc ores are crushed and ground to liberate the zinc sulfide particles from the waste host rock.
Relation to Mining. Cadmium rarely appears in nature and is most commonly sourced by its removal from zinc metals during the refining process. Cadmium is therefore produced in countries where zinc is refined, not necessarily in the countries where zinc ore is mined.