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Introduction to Industrial Minerals

Author: D.A.C. Manning
Published by Chapman & Hall
288 pages

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Industrial minerals are part of everyday life, without which the world would be very different. Although we take our industrial minerals for granted, there is increasing pressure against extraction, largely on environmental grounds.

Introduction to Industrial Minerals introduces the reader to the subject of the new mineral raw materials that our society demands. It emphasizes the way in which, in order to satisfy the consumer, the requirements of industry control mineral exploitation, and the way fundamental mineral properties are exploited for particular applications. It describes aggregates, industrial clays, and raw materials for the chemical industry. The need for high temperature processing is addressed with a chapter on interpretation and use of mineralogical phase diagrams and time temperature transformation diagrams. These are then applied in separate chapters on the manufacture of glass, cement, bricks, and refractories. Evaluation of geological reserves is described in the context of computer modelling of deposit quality. The final chapter considers the use of a site after extraction, emphasizing the requirements for waste disposal.

The text integrates mineral extraction and landfill waste disposal, concentrates on the applied mineralogy of industrial and constructional raw materials, and provides a working knowledge of mineralogical phase diagrams and their applications.

Undergraduates and postgraduates studying industrial minerals, applied geology, and environmental geology, as well as professionals in minerals extractive companies and waste disposal will find this a useful introduction to the wide range of industrial and construction raw materials.


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