Suriname Revisited: Economic Potential of its Mineral Resources

  • Marco Keersemaker

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTH)

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About this book


This book summarizes the exploration history and provides a framework for assessing the economic potential of the country’s minerals by defining minimal deposit parameters for the various commodities present. Suriname was explored extensively for mineral occurrences in the course of the previous century, indicating the presence of a range of commodities. The country mined and processed bauxite for a century (until 2016), and has an even longer history of small-scale alluvial gold mining; it is currently home to two major gold producers. However, exploration activities have been limited during the past 4 decades as most parts of Suriname’s interior are difficult to access, making geological fieldwork both difficult and expensive. Further, the markets and prices have changed in the interim, which calls for a fresh look at the historic data. 


Minerals of Suriname Gold mining in Suriname Marowijne greenstone Economic potential for mining Bauxite in Suriname Diamonds in Suriname base metals critical raw materials

Authors and affiliations

  • Marco Keersemaker
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  1. 1.Faculty of Civil Engineering and GeosciencesDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-40267-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-40268-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5369
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5377
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