The challenge of finding new orebodies to satisfy the ever-increasing demands for mineral commodities has to be met - in addition to improved techniques of exploration, mining, extraction, and management, by a better understanding of the geologic setting and genesis of the various classes of mineral deposits. A substantial part of this work is devoted to a discussion, with appropriate examples, of principles that govern the formation of mineral deposits and the various kinds of field or laboratory data that can be used to interpret their genesis. Furthermore, the book includes reviews on the characteristics of selected classes of deposits, their relationship with the crustal evolution in space and time, and on the application of available data to the formulation of viable genetic models that provide the basis for exploration strategies.
'However, it should serve as an excellent information resource for professional economic geologists, and for others wishing to become acquainted with a particular deposit type, or method of interpretation.' Mineralium Deposita, 36:707 (2001) 'The diverse geological settings of metallic ore deposits and the varied methods used in assessing their genesis make writing a comprehensive textbook on ore deposits a formidable challenge. Kula Misra has met that challenge and produced a first-rate book that reviews the techniques employed in ore deposit research and summarize the geological and geochemical characteristics and origins of selected classes of metallic ore deposits. In a field that generates new data daily, Understanding Mineral Deposits is up-to-date useful. With this book he has succeeded in high-lighting the multidimensional nature of economic geology. It is also an excellent reference for professional geologists and a useful txt for senior-or graduate level course in metallic mineral deposits.' Geotimes, 35 (2000)
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