You shouldn’t judge this book by its glossy cover. If you have a background of investigating lode vein systems, formed by the localized precipitation of ore and associated gangue minerals from hydrothermal fluids in, and adjacent to, permeable fracture systems generated by tectonic processes, then you will certainly be disappointed.

This book, written by two Canadian exploration geologists, had a formidable start, with the death of the senior author, Ulrich Kretschmar, in December 2014. For his colleague, Derek McBride, it surely must have been a daunting task to take on the role of completing this project, which relies heavily on...

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