Laurence Robb states in his preface ‘the main purpose of this book is to provide a better understanding of the processes, as well as the nature and origin, of mineral occurrences and how they fit into the Earth system’. The product is an excellent, easily readable and carefully explained discussion of how concentrations of minerals can form to create the world’s economic deposits of metal and some non-metal ores, coal, oil and gas. Although the book is entitled ‘Introduction’, a basic knowledge of geochemistry, mineralogy and geological processes is assumed. This has enabled the author to give an in-depth, up-to-date...

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