Resources of the Earth : Origin, Use, and Environmental Impact / Edition 3

Resources of the Earth : Origin, Use, and Environmental Impact / Edition 3

by James R. Craig, David J. Vaughan, Brian J. Skinner
     
 

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

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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. Earth's 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130834102
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
12/29/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.86(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Minerals: The Foundations of Society1
Ch. 2The Origins of Mineral Resources14
Ch. 3Earth's Resources Through History32
Ch. 4Environmental Impacts of Resource Exploitation and Use58
Ch. 5Energy from Fossil Fuels102
Ch. 6Energy for the Future - Nuclear Power and Other Possible Alternatives161
Ch. 7Abundant Metals209
Ch. 8The Geochemically Scarce Metals246
Ch. 9Fertilizer and Chemical Minerals299
Ch. 10Building Materials and Other Industrial Minerals328
Ch. 11Water Resources365
Ch. 12Soil as a Resource418
Ch. 13Future Resources441
Appendix: Calendar of Earth Resources Events447
Glossary452
Index459

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