W.L. Pohl:
Economic Geology, Principles and Practice: Metals, Minerals, Coal and Hydrocarbons
— an Introduction to Formation and Sustainable Exploitation of Mineral Deposits

Second edition published 2020 ( EG2 2020)


Economic Geology is the application of Earth Science to provide human societies with metals, minerals and energy. It has a central role in the discovery, the development and extraction of metals and minerals that satisfy some of the basic needs of humanity, such as housing, energy, a dignified life, the increase of material prosperity, the maintenance of a sustainable and vital social and natural environment, and peace.

This Economic Geology book evolved from an earlier edition (EG1) that appeared in 2011. Its structure is similar to the precursor, but the contents are profoundly updated. The new edition of the book (EG2) reflects the great advancement of science and practice in the years since.

With 32 Colour Plates, 305 Figures, 32 Tables, 25 Boxes, and 81 Equations, the new edition is only a little more voluminous than EG1. An abundance of new and a reduced number of older references fill 80 pages. The List of Boxes appears on page 727. The printed General Index spreads across 16 pages; the author intends to make more entries in the future and to provide the extended version on his website. The Location Index is a new feature of the book that fills 12 pages of small print. Apart from numerous long-known type deposits such as Kiruna in Sweden or the Golden Mile in Australia, the reader may expect many new entries such as the new lacustrine-evaporative class of lithium ore deposits at Jadar, Serbia (EG2 page 291).

In his Review of the book in the Economic Geology Bulletin, McNulty, B.A. (2021) Economic Geology (2021) 116 (6): 1485-1486. ISSN 0361-0128; doi:10.5382/econgeo.116.6.br02 wrote:

"I thoroughly enjoyed the applied aspect of this textbook, specifically Part III: The Practice of Economic Geology. We all have our own origin story and, for some of us, this geology adventure has led us to lifelong careers as explorers, resource modelers, engineers, or environmental scientists. The life cycle of natural resources from discovery, beneficiation, and through to remediation is wonderfully presented in this section and highlights the numerous areas of expertise that encompass the multidisciplinary field of economic geology. Pohl captures the essence of economic geology so eloquently with the following text: "

" Never forget that exploration is not only a scientific and technical enterprise but foremost an investment (EG2 page 447) ."

Brian recommends my EG2:

"The format of the book, which includes informative yet condensed chapters with ample suggested readings, makes for a great choice of textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as an excellent addition to the libraries of professional geoscientists interested in understanding and applying aspects of economic geology to their field of interest."

"Overall, I appreciate the different ways this book could be utilized by students, various academic researchers, and industry professionals. The book is a valuable resource in introducing the geologic processes involved in metal, nonmetal, and fossil fuel formation, including explanatory petrogenetic and tectonic deposit models, as well as how to apply this knowledge to exploration. The book also summarizes the current understanding of metals, elements, and minerals on an individual basis and does not shy away from the fact that society, industry, and academia need to work together to provide solutions toward sustainable natural resource management."

As the author of the book I would like to add that most professionals in the Exploration and Mining Sector should profit from this holistic resource. When writing the text, I often thought of Junior Companies , the bold pioneers. Yet EG2's usefulness should extend to professionals in Government Organisations, and in Banks, Stockmarkets and Finance Providers where it may include the cloud of Advisors and Consultants . CEOs will find that communicating with Investors (and Staff) is enriched and facilitated by a quick perusal of this comprehensive resource with its extensive Indexes.

For students and teachers, the Publishers promised a companion page with supporting matter, and that at about one year after the print version, an e-book should be on sale. The Table of Contents, a Flyer and Sample Pages can be accessed and the book can be ordered at URLs

WALTER L. POHL is Emeritus Professor, a science writer and consulting geologist in economic geology. For more information visit: www.walter-pohl.com

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