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The challenges of mineral resources for society

Jonathan G. Price
The challenges of mineral resources for society (in The impact of the geological sciences on society, Marion E. Bickford (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (September 2013) 501: 1-19


Trends in global mineral production and expanding uses of mineral resources foretell a bright future, though one with significant challenges, for exploration and development. Demand for mineral resources is likely to remain high and grow to meet increases in world population and standards of living. Significant challenges include meeting future demand with new discoveries and developing the resources in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. A historical perspective from the past 50 years on finding new mineral districts, discovering new types of ore deposits, and using new technologies in exploration suggests that the world will not run out of mineral resources. It is likely that substitution and recycling will play increasingly major roles in meeting global mineral demand. New technologies for ocean mining will help add to the resource base. Historical perspectives also suggest that mining scams will continue, and environmental, health, and safety concerns will be major factors in deciding where future mines will be located and how they will be operated.

ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 501
Title: The challenges of mineral resources for society
Title: The impact of the geological sciences on society
Author(s): Price, Jonathan G.
Author(s): Bickford, Marion E.editor
Affiliation: University of Nevada at Reno, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Reno, NV, United States
Affiliation: Syracuse University, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse, NY, United States
Pages: 1-19
Published: 201309
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 66
Accession Number: 2013-086858
Categories: Economic geology, general, depositsEnvironmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 2 tables
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201351
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