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Mineral Resources

From Exploration to Sustainability Assessment


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Manuel Bustillo Revuelta
    Pages 1-48
  3. Manuel Bustillo Revuelta
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  4. Manuel Bustillo Revuelta
    Pages 121-222
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  8. Manuel Bustillo Revuelta
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  9. Manuel Bustillo Revuelta
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 639-653

About this book


This comprehensive textbook covers all major topics related to the utilization of mineral resources for human activities. It begins with general concepts like definitions of mineral resources, mineral resources and humans, recycling mineral resources, distribution of minerals resources across Earth, and international standards in mining, among others. Then it turns to a classification of mineral resources, covering the main types from a geological standpoint. The exploration of mineral resources is also treated, including geophysical methods of exploration, borehole geophysical logging, geochemical methods, drilling methods, and mineral deposit models in exploration.

Further, the book addresses the evaluation of mineral resources, from sampling techniques to the economic evaluation of mining projects (i.e. types and density of sampling, mean grade definition and calculation, Sichel’s estimator, evaluation methods – classical and geostatistical, economic evaluation – NPV, IRR, and PP, estimation of risk, and software for evaluating mineral resources). It subsequently describes key mineral resource exploitation methods (open pit and underground mining) and the mineral processing required to obtain saleable products (crushing, grinding, sizing, ore separation, and concentrate dewatering, also with some text devoted to tailings dams). Lastly, the book discusses the environmental impact of mining, covering all the aspects of this very important topic, from the description of diverse impacts to the environmental impact assessment (EIA), which is essential in modern mining projects.


Environmental Impacts of Mining Mineral Processing Mineral Resources Evaluation Mineral Resources Exploitation Mineral Resources Exploration

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of GeologyComplutense UniversityMadridSpain

About the authors

Manuel Bustillo Revuelta - Complutense University of Madrid, Facultad de Geología, Madrid, Spain. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mineral Resources
  • Book Subtitle From Exploration to Sustainability Assessment
  • Authors Manuel Bustillo Revuelta
  • Series Title Springer Textbooks in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environment
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Textbooks in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environment
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-58758-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86468-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-58760-8
  • Series ISSN 2510-1307
  • Series E-ISSN 2510-1315
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 653
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 483 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mineral Resources
    Economic Geology
    Environmental Science and Engineering
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Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


“Students of the mining industry are rarely exposed to the other fields that comprise the mining project enterprise, nor are they well versed in the project economics. … It would therefore represent a useful reference for any student or professional seeking to gain an integrated understanding of the mining industry: a valued skill in any profession. The positive recommendation is offered here for the right-sized summaries and many practical axioms provided for the dozens of explored subjects.” (Guy Desharnais, Mineralium Deposita, Vol. 54, 2019)