During spring 2010, a flurry of newspaper articles touted the mineral resource potential of Afghanistan as a means of alleviating economic strains in that beleaguered country. However contrary to such notions, Mining, Society and a Sustainable World, edited by J.P. Richards, shows us that mineral wealth does not inevitably lead to general economic well-being, nor is it always possible to extract resources sustainably. Given that it deals with such a wide range of topics and consists of 16 chapters from 24 authors, Mining, Society and a Sustainable World is not light reading, but economic geologists will find much of...

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