The chance of finding an orebody by accidentally stumbling upon it, or by unsophisticated prospecting, has by now been severely reduced. As mineral exploration is, and will continue to be, mainly precedent-oriented activity, there has been a need for a comprehensive text to provide essential facts about the global distribution of metals now and in the future, above the textbook level. The book consists of three parts followed by a database, although the parts are not explicitly marked as such.
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Part I Chapters 1—3 is a short review of the changing sources and utilization of metals for the industry, and it explains the various approaches to magnitude classification of ore deposits as related to geochemical backgrounds. The spectrum of the. In writing this book I have made a good use of the over 40 years long experience in the ore deposits field, and personal familiarity with at least 4, ore sites in some countries and large territories, along with a multilingual reading capability.
The small deposits are, moreover, often indicative of the larger ore presence and have to be recognized and interpreted as such. The years through mid brought us a mineral exploration boom unprecedented since the late s.
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This followed decades of stagnation of commodity prices, mining industry downturn and decline of exploration. The short boom came to an abrupt end in late as a consequence of the Great Financial Crisis, but there are already signs of early rebound. As the previously antagonistic politico-economic world systems came closer and globalization advanced, much of the previously unavailable quantitative information on ore deposits in China, the former Soviet Union, Mongolia, Vietnam and Eastern Europe have been gradually published.
This has made it possible to quantitatively define additional ore giants the number of which has increased well above the mids quoted in Laznicka These additions and some interpretational changes created a need for updated text. Institutional Login. Log in to Wiley Online Library.
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