Minerals, Metals and Sustainability
Meeting Future Material Needs
Examines the role of minerals in modern society and the implications of sustainable development for the minerals industry.
Minerals, Metals and Sustainability examines the exploitation of minerals and mineral products and the implications for sustainability of the consumption of finite mineral resources and the wastes associated with their production and use. It provides a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates the physical and earth sciences with the social sciences, ecology and economics. + Full description
Increasingly, graduates in the minerals industry and related sectors will not only require a deep technical and scientific understanding of their fields (such as geology, mining, metallurgy), but will also need a knowledge of how their industry relates to and can contribute to the transition to sustainability.
Minerals, Metals and Sustainability is an important reference for students of engineering and applied science and geology; practising engineers, geologists and scientists; students of economics, social sciences and related disciplines; professionals in government service in areas such as resources, environment and sustainability; and non-technical professionals working in the minerals industry or in sectors servicing the minerals industry.- Short description
"Minerals, Metals and Sustainability is a book that brings all the relevant minerals industry and sustainability topics together in a reference book format that is easy to read with stand alone chapters."
Kate Sommerville, AusIMM Bulletin, pp. 91, December 2012
"In this excellent book, Rankin, an educator and researcher in South Africa, Canada, and Australia, takes a balanced, multidisciplinary approach that integrates the science of mineral commodities, the engineering of their utility, and the indispensable role they play in the survival and sustainability problems facing global society. In addition, the author’s clear, skilful writing effectively informs the many scientists, engineers, economists, social scientists, and politicians who must understand the rudiments, at least, of these interdependent disciplines."
T.L.T. Grose, Choice, May 2012 Vol. 49 No. 09
DetailsPaperback | September 2011 | $120.00
ISBN: 9780643097261 | 440 pages | 200 x 260 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
ePDF | September 2011
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
- Overview of the minerals industry, its role in the world today and in the future.
- Outlines the sustainability issues facing the minerals industry and how they might be addressed.
- No prior specialist knowledge is assumed other than an elementary knowledge of chemistry and physics.
- Materials and the materials cycle
- An introduction to Earth
- An introduction to sustainability
- Mineral resources
- The minerals industry
- Producing ores and concentrates
- Producing metals and manufactured mineral products
- Energy consumption in primary production
- The role of water in primary production
- Wastes from primary production
- Management of wastes from primary production
- Secondary materials and recycling
- The future availability of minerals and metals
- The future demand for minerals and metals
- Towards zero waste
- Towards sustainability