Resources of the Earth: Origin, Use, and Environmental Impact (3rd Edition)

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9780130834102: Resources of the Earth: Origin, Use, and Environmental Impact (3rd Edition)

Extensively illustrated, balanced, broad–based, and up–to–date, this book explores the nature and critical issues of all major types of earth resources--energy, metallic, nonmetallic, water, soil--and the impacts that resource usage has on the earth environment. It provides geologic background of resource formation and occurrence of most of the various types of resources; offers an international perspective; discusses resources not only from the scientific point of view, but also from the point of economic, political, historical considerations; and considers how the extraction and use of the resources creates impacts--local or global, immediate or delayed, visible or invisible, singular or cumulative. Minerals: The Foundations of Society. Plate Tectonics and The Origins of Mineral Resources. Earth's Resources Through History. Environmental Impacts of Resource Exploitation and Use. Energy from Fossil Fuels. Nuclear Power and Alternative Energy Sources. Abundant Metals. The Geochemically Scare Metals. Fertilizer and Chemical Minerals. Building Materials and Other Industrial Minerals. Water Resources. Soil as a Resource. Future Resources. For anyone interested in earth resources.

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A balanced, broad–based, up–to–date presentation of the occurrence, availability, and usage of Earth's mineral resources. Completely updated and expanded, this revision includes greater emphasis on the environment.

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Key Benefit: This balanced, broad–based, up–to–date presentation of the occurrence, availability, and usage of Earth's mineral resources does not require extensive scientific background. Key Topics: Completely updated and expanded, this revision includes greater emphasis on the environment including coverage of all important types of resources (energy, metallic, nonmetallic, water, soil). Discusses the environmental impact of resource exploitation and usage. Contains "special interest boxes" on acid rain, the dust bowl, synthetic diamonds, etc.

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