Giant Metallic Deposits: Future Sources of Industrial Metals

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Springer Science & Business Media, 02.09.2010 - 949 Seiten
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Metals in the earth's crust are very unevenly distributed and, traditionally, a small number of ore deposits, districts or countries have dominated the world supply and have influenced commodity prices. The importance of exceptionally large, or rich, deposits has greatly increased in the age of globalization when a small number of international corporations dominate the metals market, based on few very large ore deposits, practically anywhere in the world. Search for giant orebodies thus drives the exploration industry: not only the in-house teams of large internationals, but also hundreds of junior companies hoping to sell their significant discoveries to the "big boys". Geological characteristics of giant metallic deposits and their setting and the politico-economic constraints of access to and exploitation in prospective areas have been a "hot topic" in the past fifteen years, but the knowledge generated and published has been one-sided, scattered and fragmented. This is the first comprehensive book on the subject that provides body of solid facts rather than rapidly changing theories, written by author of the Empirical Metallogeny book series and founder of the Data Metallogenica visual knowledge system on mineral deposits of the world, who has had an almost 40 years long international academic and industrial experience. The book will provide abundant material for comparative research in metallogeny, practical information for the explorationists as to where to look for the "elephants", and some inspiration for commodity investors.
 

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Context explanations abbreviations units
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1 Civilization based on metals
5
the giant and world class deposits
37
3 From trace metals to giant deposits
59
introduction and the role of mantle
69
5 Oceans and young island arc systems
81
6 Andeantype convergent continental marginsupper volcanicsedimentary level
109
7 Cordilleran granitoids in convergent continentalmargins lower plutonic levels
169
12 Rifts paleorifts rifted margins anorogenicand alkaline magmatism
493
13 Sedimentary associations and regolith
551
14 Highergrade metamorphic associations
641
15 Giant deposits in geological context
677
industry economics politics
703
17 Finding or acquiring giant deposits
725
Epilogue
749
References
755

8 Intracratonic intraplate orogens graniteshydrothermal deposits
263
9 Volcanosedimentary orogens
341
10 Precambrian greenstonegranite terrains
375
extension sedimentation magmatism
425
Index of mineral deposits
827
Subject Index
835
Database of significant metalaccumulations
848
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