Applied Mineral Inventory Estimation.Alastair J. Sinclairand Garston H. Blackwell.400 Pp. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2002. Price $110.00.

Economic failure of a mining venture all too commonly occurs when actual metal recovery at a mine does not meet estimates of grade and/or tonnage. A resource or reserve estimate is based upon data derived from analyses of samples that represent 1/100,000 to 1/1,000,000 of the total deposit. Obviously, data used in a mineral resource estimate must be carefully gathered, tested for accuracy, and systematically processed and stored. Most important, the estimate must be linked...

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