The book reviews the geological, mineralogical, geochemical and petrological characteristics of indium-bearing ore deposits. Furthermore it develops a general metallogenic concept for indium in identifying the essential enrichment processes and their economic significance. It represents the first comprehensive study on the metallogeny of indium and covers economic aspects including production and use. Careful geological and mineralogical descriptions are given for representative examples of different deposit types with most significant characteristics being summarized at the end of each chapter.
Petrological Framework.- Indium Metallogeny - Vein Stockwork Tin and Tungsten Deposits, Prophyry Tin Deposits - Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide Deposits - Sediment-Hosted Exhalative Sulfide Deposits - Polymetallic Vein Deposits - Epithermal Deposits - Acitve Magmatic Systems - Porphyry Copper Deposits - Skarn Deposits.- Miscellaneous Indium Occurences.- Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Indium-Bearing Ore Deposits.- Model of Indium Ore Formation.- Historical and Actual Production of Indium.- Stock Pile Situation in Relation to Different Types of Ore Deposits.- Technological Applications and Consumption of Indium by Industries.