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Minerals, Metals and Sustainability

by William John Rankin
Published by CRC Press, an imprint of Taylor & Francis - 2014
440 pages
Perfect bound

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Minerals, Metals and Sustainability examines the exploitation of minerals and mineral products and the implications for sustainability of the consumption of finite mineral resources and the wastes associated with their production and use. It provides a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates the physical and earth sciences with the social sciences, ecology, and economics.

Increasingly, graduates in the minerals industry and related sectors will not only require a deep technical and scientific understanding of their fields (such as geology, mining, metallurgy), but will also need a knowledge of how their industry relates to and can contribute to the transition to sustainability.

Minerals, Metals and Sustainability is an important reference for students of engineering and applied science and geology; practicing engineers, geologists, and scientists; students of economics, social sciences, and related disciplines; professionals in government service in areas such as resources, environment, and sustainability; and non-technical professionals working in the minerals industry or in sectors servicing the minerals industry.


  • Introduction
  • Materials and the Materials Cycle
  • An Introduction to Earth
  • An Introduction to Sustainability
  • Mineral Resources
  • The Minerals Industry
  • Producing Ores and Concentrates
  • Producing Metals and Manufactured Mineral Products
  • Energy Consumption in Primary Production
  • The Role of Water in Primary Production
  • Wastes from Primary Production
  • Management of Wastes from Primary Production
  • Secondary Materials and Recycling
  • The Future Availability of Minerals and Metals
  • The Future Demand for Minerals and Metals
  • Towards Zero Waste
  • Towards Sustainability

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