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Minerals, Metals and Sustainability: Meeting Future Material Needs

By: William John Rankin

CRC Press

Paperback | Oct 2011 | #196701 | ISBN-13: 9780415684590
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Minerals, Metals and Sustainability examines the exploitation of minerals and mineral products and the implications for sustainability of the consumption of finite mineral resources and the wastes associated with their production and use. It provides a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates the physical and earth sciences with the social sciences, ecology and economics.

Increasingly, graduates in the minerals industry and related sectors will not only require a deep technical and scientific understanding of their fields (such as geology, mining, metallurgy), but will also need a knowledge of how their industry relates to and can contribute to the transition to sustainability.

"Minerals, Metals and Sustainability" is an important reference for students of engineering and applied science and geology; practising engineers, geologists and scientists; students of economics, social sciences and related disciplines; professionals in government service in areas such as resources, environment and sustainability; and non-technical professionals working in the minerals industry or in sectors servicing the minerals industry.


1. Introduction
2. Materials and the Materials Cycle
3. An Introduction to Earth
4. An Introduction to Sustainability
5. Mineral Resources
6. The Minerals Industry
7. Producing Ores and Concentrates
8. Producing Metals and Manufactured Mineral Products
9. Energy Consumption in Primary Production
10. The Role of Water in Primary Production
11. Wastes from Primary Production
12. Management of Wastes from Primary Production
13. Secondary Materials and Recycling
14. The Future Availability of Minerals and Metals
15. The Future Demand for Minerals and Metals
16. Towards Zero Waste
17. Towards Sustainability

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W. John Rankin has held academic and research appointments in South Africa, Canada and Australia. He was Director of the G. K. Williams Cooperative Research Centre for Extractive Metallurgy, Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Chief Scientist of CSIRO Division of Minerals. He has written over 100 scientific papers and 70 technical reports on extractive metallurgy and sustainable development.

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