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Mineral Resources Potential of Antarctica

Mineral Resources Potential of Antarctica

John Splettstoesser (Editor), Gisela A. M. Dreschhoff (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-66492-6

Mar 2013, American Geophysical Union

310 pages

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Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Antarctic Research Series, Volume 51.

Interest in the potential mineral resources of Antarctica has been expressed throughout the history of exploration of the continent. This volume of the Antarctic Research Series results from an attempt to assemble a summary of current factual knowledge and scientific data related to issues of mineral resources in Antarctica. At the First International Symposium on Antarctic Geology, held in Cape Town in 1963, no papers were presented on economic minerals in Antarctica, although in one paper, by Mueller (in Antarctic Geology, edited by R.J. Adie, pp. 393-394, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1964), the author mentioned mineralized locations in the Antarctic Peninsula, and in another paper, by Stewart (published in the same book, pp. 395-401), a list of 222 minerals known from the Antarctic was tabulated mainly as an inventory of all minerals that had been reported at that time.

The Antarctic Research Series: Statement of Objectives
Board of Associate Editors  ix

John F. Splettstoesser and Gisela A.M. Dreschhoff  xi

Geological Papers

The Mineral Resources of Gondwanaland
Campbell Craddock  1

Toward a Quantitative Mineral Resource Assessment of Antarctica From a Gondwana Perspective
Wendy A. Wilsher and Maarten J. de Wit  7

The Dufek Intrusion of Antarctica
Arthur B. Ford  15

The Economic Potential of the Dufek Complex
Maarten J. de Wit and F. Johan Kruger  33

An Engineering Economic Evaluation of Mining in Antarctica: A Case Study of Platinum
Dieter Beike  53

Investigation of Mineralization in the South Shetland Islands, Gerlache
Strait, and Anvers Island, Northern Antarctic Peninsula
Douglas E. Pride, Craig A. Cox, Steven V. Moody, Radu R. Conelea, and Michael A. Rosen  69

Uranium Resource Evaluation in Antarctica
Edward J. Zeller, Gisela A.M. Dreschhoff, and Volker Thoste  95

Geothermal Resources of Antarctica
Philip R. Kyle  117

Banded Iron Formations in East Antarctica
R. J. Tingey  125

Coal Geology, Coal Quality, and Coal Resources in Permian Rocks of the
Beacon Supergroup, Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica
D. A. Coates, G. D. Stricker, and E. R. Landis  133

Recent Geophysical and Geological Research in Antarctica Related to the Assessment of Petroleum Resources and Potential Environmental Hazards to Their Development
John C. Behrendt  163

Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Antarctic Continental Margin
John B. Anderson  175

The Resource Potential of Antarctic Icebergs
Peter Wadhams  203

Manganese Nodule Provinces of the Southern Ocean
L. A. Frakes and D. L. E. Moreton  217

Antarctic Logistic Support for the Earth Sciences
Mort D. Turner, John F. Splettstoesser, and Joseph J. McClelland, Jr.  223

Environmental Impacts of Exploiting Mineral Resources and Effects of Tourism in Antarctica
Bruce C. Parker and Ernest E. Angino  237

Convention on the Regulation of Antarctic Mineral Resource Activities
Francis Auburn  259

Special Report on the Antarctic Minerals Convention
Lee A. Kimball  273