When the Association of Exploration Geochemists (AEG) was organized in 1970, the world of mining geochemistry was all about finding and understanding mineral resources. At that time, relatively little attention was placed by society at large on the geochemical impacts of mining. Where noted, such impacts were generally considered an unfortunate, but unavoidable, consequence of extraction.

Now in 2001, times have certainly changed. The growth and maturation of the AEG has been paralleled by an international emergence of environmental awareness and values. This movement has changed the face of the minerals industry and attached new importance to the understanding of...

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