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a method used to leach ores in a fixed bed, mainly, copper oxides and gold ores; leaching by this method is called percolation leaching. The process is carried out in a percolator tank. The pulverized ore is uniformly loaded onto the tank’s false bottom, which is a filtering device. The leaching solution is introduced either from beneath the false bottom, a process called upward leaching, or onto the surface of the load, a process called downward leaching; accordingly, the solution is collected either above or below the false bottom.