• Werner R. Gocht
  • Half Zantop
  • Roderick G. Eggert


Since 1974, profound changes have taken place in world mineral markets, the full extent and effects of which can only now be assessed. The mineral price increases that followed the oil price rises of 1973/74 and, particularly, 1979/80, brought about a mood of euphoria among mineral exporting countries and mineral politicians at the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development. Price rises brought about extensive exploration programs for many mineral resources in the late 1970s. Simultaneously, a new awareness of the importance of mineral resources led to more rational use, to more widespread recycling of metals, and to the development of new plastic, ceramic and glass materials which substitute for some of the traditional mineral resources.


Mineral Resource Economic Geology Glass Material Mining Engineer Price Rise 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Werner R. Gocht
    • 1
  • Half Zantop
    • 2
  • Roderick G. Eggert
    • 3
  1. 1.Aachen University of TechnologyAachenGermany
  2. 2.Dartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA
  3. 3.Colorado School of MinesGoldenUSA

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