Lecture 10 Mineral Resources

Lecture 10 Mineral Resources - Lecture 10: Mineral...

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Significant deposits take from thousands to millions of years to form Availability of mineral resources is a measure of the wealth of a society Important in people’s daily life as well as in overall economy Nonrenewable Mineral Resources • Materials for metal production and technology • Construction materials • Agricultural industry (fertilizers) • Mineral resources for chemical industry • Others (precious gemstones, cosmetics, food, etc.) • Energy mineral resources Types of Mineral Resources Lecture 10: Mineral Resources Lecture 10: Mineral Resources Metallic Non Metallic Lecture 10: Mineral Resources Distribution of Non Renewable Natural Resources in N.A. Plummer et al., 2004 Mineral deposits are highly localized They are neither uniformly nor randomly distributed Not easy to discover new deposits Lecture 10: Mineral Resources Mineral Resource? Mineral resources include: Reserves Known deposits Ore: Low grade High grade The Bingham Canyon Copper Mine Ore: Ag, later Cu Area: 8 km 2 Diameter: 4 km Depth: 900 m Lecture 10: Mineral Resources Metals Scarce: C.F. % in Ore Avg. Crust Abun. (%) Metal 80 - 160
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course EARTH SCIE 1081 taught by Professor Samrussell during the Fall '11 term at UWO.

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