The book emphasizes processes that give rise to mineral deposits and how these processes fit into the Earth system. It is primarily intended for students at senior undergraduate or graduate level. It assumes that readers have basic knowledge in a wide range of core Earth science disciplines, as well as in chemistry and physics.

Each chapter in the book starts with a list of topics and case studies (in separate boxes) to be discussed. Case studies, which are boxed separately from the main text, describe briefly examples of classic deposits to give context and relevance to the processes being discussed....

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