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An Introduction to Economic Geology and Its Environmental Impact

An Introduction to Economic Geology and Its Environmental Impact

Anthony M. Evans

ISBN: 978-1-444-31352-9

May 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

376 pages



As it has grown in length and level through successive edtions, the same author's Introduction to Ore Geology (now Ore Geology and Industrial Minerals) has left behind its original audience: first- and second -ear students. This new textbook, designed to fill that niche , was written specifically for introductory courses. Introduction to Economic Geology and Its Environmental Impact covers oil, coal, water and nuclear fuels, as well as economically important ores and bulk minerals. In keeping with current concerns and constraints, particular attention is paid to the impact of mining and drilling on the environment
Introduction; Some aspects of mining and mining economics; Nature and morphology of mineral deposits; Textures and structures of ore and gangue minerals; Genesis of mineral deposits; Geothermometry, geobarometry, paragenetic sequence, zoning and classification of ore deposits; Diamond deposits; The carbonatite-alkaline igneous ore environment; Pegnatite and greisen deposits; Orthoagmatic deposits of chromium, platinum, titanium and iron associated with basic and ultrabasic rocks; Orthomagmatic copper-nickel-iron (-platinoid_ deposits associated with basic and ultrabasic rocks; The skarn environment; Disseminated and stockwork deposits associated with plutonic intrusives; Stratiform sulphide and oxide deposits; The vein association and related deposits; Strata-bound deposits; Sedimentary deposits; Residual deposits and supergene enrichment; Industrial minerals; Water - the essential mineral; Gas and oil; Coal; Nuclear energy; Geothermal energy; Metamorphism of ore deposits; Mineral deposits in space and time; Table of mineral formulae
* unlike the earlier generation of economic geology texts, gives due weight to the environmental impact of mining and drilling * length and level suitable for an introductory course * examples drawn from a broad geographical range * bullet point chapter summaries * 'asides' on history, legislation, etc in 'boxes' * 'son' of a proven upper-level text, Evans's Ore Geology and Industrial Minerals, now in its third edition