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

Highlights of this book

• A clear plea for sustainable and “green” mining, moderated by a geologist’s deep-time vision and understanding of secular Earth processes
• Metallogenesis and genetic classes are introduced and explained in the first chapter; in order to resolve the highly complex, always changing and often confusing genetic terminology in use, I relate in this book metallogenesis to the fundamental geological process systems
• Yet, common non-genetic terminology such as “stratabound” or “sediment-hosted” copper and “turbidite-hosted” gold is also provided
• Many processes that are related to ore deposit formation are condensed and illuminated in ~70 chemical equations
• The economic geology of important metals, minerals, coal and hydrocarbons is summarized in individual chapters
• Throughout the book, important and characteristic mineral deposits and mining districts from A - Z (Abu Dabbab tin-tantalum in Egypt to Yoganup Ti-Zr placers in Western Australia) are briefly described in order to support arguments and to help readers understand the points made
• The practice of economic geology is interwoven throughout the text; a full chapter is dedicated to its application in the mining cycle, from exploration to mine closure and land remediation
• Numerous line drawings and photographs (colour and b/w)
• The coverage is broad, but references are provided which lead to more detailed information
• About 2100 references, including outstanding historical work, but dominated by papers published in recent years
• Contents, data and facts are up-to-date
• The book is a true Vademecum of Economic Geology (a source of ready reference)
• An e-book format is available for those who are frequent flyers and travel light
• A preview sample (10%?) of the book is available at Google Books (http://books.google.com)
• The book comes with a useful printed Index; an Enlarged Index for download (PDF) is available elsewhere on this website
• Figures and Tables from the book can be downloaded from Wiley's Students’ Companion Site at Additional Resources.

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