Introduction to Mineral Exploration 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1405113175
ISBN-10: 1405113170
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“A very competent overview of the process of exploration and no other book does it better. I would recommend this book enthusiastically to my students.”
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This new, updated edition of Introduction to Mineral Exploration provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of mineral exploration.

Successful mineral exploration requires excellence in geology as well as integration with a range of other scientific, engineering, and financial techniques. This book covers not only the nature of mineral exploration but also considers other factors essential to successful exploration, from target evaluation to feasibility studies for extraction and production. Six detailed case studies, selected for the range of different problems and considerations they present to the mineral explorationist, are also included.

This second edition is updated to include new chapters on handling mineral exploration data and a new case study on the exploration for diamonds.

Introduction to Mineral Exploration is essential reading for upper level undergraduates studying ore geology, mineral exploration, mining geology, coal exploration, and industrial minerals, as well as professional geologists.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 481 pages
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishing; 2nd edition (January 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405113170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405113175
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on March 1, 2008
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This anthology begins with deskwork analysis of geologic maps and other information. From there, there are chapters on prefeasibility studies, remote sensing, geophysical methods, drilling programs, exploration geochemistry, etc. A series of chapters discuss case histories of exploration.

Financing is discussed, and a variety of technical information is presented. There is a glossary of common abbreviations, and illustrations on the use of statistics, as in the construction of borehole grids. There is also a helpful table of atypical colors that characterize many metallic compounds seen in outcrop (p. 80).

In evaluating different exploration techniques, John Milsom comments: "Geophysical interpretations are notoriously ambiguous but the gravity method does provide, at least in theory, a unique and unambiguous answer to one exploration question. If an anomaly is fully defined over the ground surface, the total gravitational flux it represents is proportional to the total excess mass of the source body." (pp. 134-135)

Very little attention is paid to the rare earth elements, considering their importance in recent years. However, there is data on the use of lanthanum as a tracer for geochemical exploration (p. 158), and cost-effective methods of analyzing REEs at background levels in geologic samples (p. 161).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. F. Mclaughlin on May 21, 2008
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This book makes good use of real case studies over a variety of commodities.I found it valuable as a graduate geologist and I believe it would be for undergraduates too.As with all multi author books ,some chapters are better written than others.The information on data and software does needs enlarging,to be really helpful -and the figures in this particular chapter would be much more valuable if they were in colour. Otherwise a good introductory text.
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This book will take you through all major aspects of mineral exploration industry.
Every geologist will find new and useful information from the reading.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edwin S. Pink on February 3, 2014
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I am a graduating geology student who wanted to do some additional reading on mineral exploration. This book is very bland and does not get into much detail about anything. The chapter on remote sensing is so confusing and talks about different types but does not tell you how it is used or for what minerals. I do not think that after reading this book I am any better equipted to find mineral deposits than before I read the book.
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