Understanding Mineral Deposits

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2000 - Science - 845 pages
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Mineral deposits have supplied useful or valuable material for human consumption long before they became objects of scientific curiosity or commercial exploitation. In fact, the earliest human interest in rocks was probably because of the easily accessible, useful (e. g. , red pigment in the form of earthy hematite) or valuable (e. g. , native gold and gemstones) materials they contained at places. In modem times, the study of mineral deposits has evolved into an applied science employing detailed field observations, sophisticated laboratory techniques for additional information, and computer modeling to build complex hypotheses. Understanding concepts that would someday help geologists to find new mineral deposits or exploit the known ones more efficiently have always been, and will continue to be, at the core of any course on mineral deposits, but it is a fascinating subject in its own right, even for students who do not intend to be professional economic geologists. I believe that a course on mineral deposits should be designed as a "capstone course" that illustrates a comprehensive application of concepts from many other disciplines in geology (mineralogy, stratigraphy and sedimentation, structure and tectonics, petrology, geochemistry, paleontology, geomorphology, etc. ). This book is intended as a text for such an introductory course in economic geology, primarily for senior undergraduate and graduate students in colleges and universities. It should also serve as a useful information resource for professional economic geologists.
 

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This is a great book for taking an advanced, in-depth approach to understanding the processes and products of ore bodies. I had the good fortune to take an mineral deposits class with Dr. Misra as the professor. The format of the book is easy to follow though most sections are better understood with supplemental material. Dr. Misra is an excellent geochemist and can explain in full detail the formation of many of the ore-bodies described in the book, but the book itself does not delve into the geochemistry at the same level. Pricey book but very good. 

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