This volume was written to provide an overview of Earth’s mineral resources – their origin, discovery and development, and their role as a source of materials that are crucial to everyone’s way of life in our modern society. For some time, pessimistic viewpoints have been expressed about long-term global mineral supplies, as illustrated in a recent Geochemical Perspectives volume by Sverdrup and Ragnarsdóttir (2014). In this article, the authors suggested that many important minerals are becoming scarce and that their production “…has either peaked already or will peak within the next 50 years.” In their opinion “… the...

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