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.
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.
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
The minerals industry
Producing ores and concentrates
Producing metals and manufactured mineral products
Students of engineering and applied science (mining, metallurgical, civil, chemical, mechanical, environmental) 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
Non-technical professionals working in the minerals industry or in sectors servicing the minerals industry
"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
W. John Rankin is an Honorary Fellow and has held academic and research appointments in South Africa, Canada and Australia. He was Director of the G. K. Williams Cooperative Research Centre for Extractive Metallurgy, Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Chief Scientist of CSIRO Division of Minerals. He has written over 100 scientific papers and 70 technical reports on extractive metallurgy and sustainable development.