Resources of the Earth Origin, Use, and Environmental Impact

ISBN-10: 0130834106

ISBN-13: 9780130834102

Edition: 3rd 2001 (Revised)

Authors: James R. Craig, David Vaughan, Brian Skinner

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Extensively illustrated, balanced, broad–based, and up–to–date, this book explores the nature and critical issues of all major types of earth resources--energy, metallic, nonmetallic, water, soil--and the impacts that resource usage has on the earth environment. It provides geologic background of resource formation and occurrence of most of the various types of resources; offers an international perspective; discusses resources not only from the scientific point of view, but also from the point of economic, political, historical considerations; and considers how the extraction and use of the resources creates impacts--local or global, immediate or delayed, visible or invisible, singular or cumulative. Minerals: The Foundations of Society. Plate Tectonics and The Origins of Mineral Resources. Earths Resources Through History. Environmental Impacts of Resource Exploitation and Use. Energy from Fossil Fuels. Nuclear Power and Alternative Energy Sources. Abundant Metals. The Geochemically Scare Metals. Fertilizer and Chemical Minerals. Building Materials and Other Industrial Minerals. Water Resources. Soil as a Resource. Future Resources. For anyone interested in earth resources.
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Book details

List price: $125.20
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 12/29/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 520
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

Introduction and the Origins of Resources
Modern Society and Earth Resources: The Complex Network
The Changing World
Interdependence and Complexity
The EarthOur Only Home
The Formation of Earth Resources and Plate Tectonics
Minerals: The Foundations of Society
The World's Resource Needs
Population Growth: The Force That Drives Resource Consumption
Materials We Use
Consequences of Resource Exploitation
Resources, Reserves, and Ores
Where Do Earth Resources Come From?
CO2 and the Greenhouse Effect
The Lessons of Busang and Bre-X
The Origins of Earth Resources
Plate Tectonics
Subsurface Igneous and Metamorphic Processes
Surface Processes
Shallow Subsurface and Diagenetic Processes
Marine Processes
Fluid Inclusions
Placer Deposits: Panning Gold and Mining Gravel
Seabed Ownership
History and Environmental Impacts of Resource Usage
Historical Changes
Environmental Impacts
Earth's Resources through History
Resources of Antiquity
From Rome to the Renaissance
Global Exploration and Colonialism
Humans and Metals
Modern Trends in Resource Usage
Global Distribution and the International Flow of Resources
The California Gold Rush
The Industrial Revolution
Environmental Impacts of Resource Exploitation and Use
How Exploiting Resources Affects the Environment
How Using Resources Affects the Environment
Disposal or Recycling of Industrial and Domestic Waste Products
Acid Rain
The Move to Recycle
Fossil Fuels
Nuclear Energy
Alternative Energy
Energy from Fossil Fuels
Energy Units
The Changing Use of Energy
Fossil Fuels
Future Fossil Fuel Resources
The Persian Gulf War 1990-1991: Oil, Politics, Environment
The United States Strategic Petroleum Reserves
Coal Bed Methane
Energy for the FutureNuclear Power and Other Possible Alternatives
Nuclear PowerUranium and Nuclear Fission
Alternative Energy Sources
The Future
United Stated Nuclear Waste StorageYucca Mountain
Hydroelectric Power
Types and Abundances of Metals
Abundant Metals
Metals and Their Properties
The Nature of Ore Deposits
Iron: The Backbone of Industry
Aluminum, the Metal of the Twenty-First Century
Abundant Metals in the Future
The Iron Ranges
Making and Recycling Automobiles
The Values of Metals
The Geochemically Scare Metals
Production of the Geochemically Scarce Metals
Distribution of Scarce Metals in the Crust
Ore Minerals of the Scarce Metals
Classification of the Scarce Metals by Usage
The Ferro-Alloy Metals
The Base Metals
The Precious Metals
The Special Metals
Lead in the Environment
More Than Zinc from a Zinc Mine
Gold Extraction Using Mercury and Cyanide
Fertilizer, Chemical, Construction, and Industrial Resources
Construction and Industrial Minerals
Fertilizer and Chemical Minerals
Fertilizer and Chemical Minerals
Minerals for Fertilizers
Historical Overview of Fertilizers
Minerals for Chemicals
Fertilizer and Chemical Minerals in the Future
The Early Potash Industry and U.S. Patent Number 1
Lake Peigneur, Where Oil and Salt Did Not Mix
Minerals in Foods, Medicines, and Cosmetics
Building Materials and Other Industrial Minerals
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