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Mineral Resources, Mining and Environment

English edition published in 2016
72 pages (textx, images, tables, glossary and references)
Authors:  Carlos Herrmann and Eduardo O. Zappettini (SEGEMAR/CGMW)
Translated from Spanish by Ana de los Ríos and reviewed by Peter Miles & Philippe Bouysse

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The Society is based on a development model that, inevitably, demands natural resources, including minerals. This publication is intended to provide tools to understand the framework of mining in its relationship with the environment, whose care is the new paradigm on which mining should be developed.

This paper presents basic information about mineral deposits in their natural environment, the processes that formed them, their distribution in the Earth and the geological guidelines for their exploration. Later it analyzes the need for minerals and their supply by considering aspects such as depletion of reserves, alternative sources of mineral substances and the disputes that arise regarding mining activity.

This booklet was originally written in Spanish by Argentinean metallogenists Carlos J. Herrmann and Eduardo O. Zappettini from SEGEMAR (Geological and Mining Survey of Argentina). The English translation and its release at the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC) in Cape Town (August 27 - September 2, 2016) was possible thanks to the support of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) as a means to raise geologic literacy in society.

  • Length 210 mm
  • Width 297 mm
  • Depth 5 mm
  • Weight 0.315 kg
  • Scale 72 pages