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.
An objective presentation of how the Earth's resources are generated, extracted, and how human activities impact the environment. Prepared for first year undergraduates in geology and environmental courses, the text examines minerals, fossil fuels, metals, building materials, water and soil resources, and environmental concerns and alternatives. This new edition increases its emphasis on topical discussions of resource management, and has also added 50 new color photographs and over 100 more illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)