Mineral Commodities

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Unformatted text preview: Figure 1.2. Growth of the world’s population through history. Notice the sharp drop due to the Black Death that struck Europe in 1348, and the sharp rise that occurred in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From Craig, J.R., Vaughan, D.J., and Skinner, B.J., 2001, Resources of the Earth – Origin, Use, and Environmental Impact, 3 rd Edition. Prentice-Hall, 520p. The periodic table Classification of Minerals • Silicates • Most important mineral group – Comprise most of the rock-forming minerals – Very abundant due to large amounts of silicon and oxygen in Earth’s crust • Basic building block is the silicon-oxygen tetrahedron molecule – Four oxygen ions surrounding a much smaller silicon ion Classification of Minerals • Important nonsilicate minerals • Several major groups exist including – Oxides – Sulfides – Sulfates – Native Elements – Carbonates – Halides – Phosphates Mineral resources • The endowment of useful minerals ultimately available commercially • Mineral resources include – Reserves – already identified deposits (proven) – Known deposits that are not yet economically or technologically recoverable (speculative) Mineral resources • Ore – A useful metallic mineral that can be mined at a profit – Must be concentrated above its average crustal abundance – Profitability may change because of economic changes Table 3-3. List of the common ore minerals. From Jensen, M.L., and Bateman, A.M., 1981, Economic Mineral Deposits, 3 rd Edition, Revised Printing. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 593p. MAGMA...
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