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Mineral resources of the U.S. Atlantic continental margin

By
Stanley R. Riggs
Stanley R. Riggs
Department of Geology, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina 27834
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Frank T. Manheim
Frank T. Manheim
Marine Geology Branch, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543
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Published:
January 01, 1988

Abstract

Most geologic materials may be usable resources in some form and at some time, whether it be for general land fill and aggregate, beach replenishment, construction material, or as a source of metals and fuels. Thus, most natural materials occurring within the Atlantic continental margin are resources, defined as “materials, including those only surmised to exist, that have present or anticipated future value” (U.S.G.S., 1980). Whether a resource becomes a reserve or not (an economically recoverable commodity) depends upon the properties and economic values of that material, which are determined by the following factors:

(a) availability, concentration, and occurrence of the material;

(b) methods of recovering and processing the commodity;

(c) transportation costs of ore and beneficiated products; and

(d) environmental setting and costs of permitting and mitigation. Also, the economics of a given mineral resource change dramatically in response to new technological advances, discoveries of new deposits, or as industrial and social demands change through time. An increasingly critical component associated with the economics for development of any mineral commodity, is a good geologic knowledge of the resource base.

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DNAG, Geology of North America

The Atlantic Continental Margin

Robert E. Sheridan
Robert E. Sheridan
Robert E. Sheridan Department of Geological Sciences Busch Campus Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903
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John A. Grow
John A. Grow
U.S. Geological Survey MS 960, Box 25046 Denver Federal Center Denver, Colorado 80225
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Geological Society of America
Volume
I-2
ISBN electronic:
9780813754581
Publication date:
January 01, 1988

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