Minerals and mining in Antarctica; science and technology, economics and politics

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Authors:de Wit, Maarten J.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Lunar and Planet. Inst., Houston, TX, United States
Source:127p. Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. ISBN: 0-19-854477-4
Publication Date:1985
Note:In English. 383 refs.Oxford Sci. Publ.
Summary:The author challenges the view that even if minerals were found in significant quantities in Antarctica it would be impracticable or uneconomic to exploit them. A feasibility analysis of a mining project in the area is presented based partly on experience gained during the past decade in mining in the Arctic. Certain precious and strategically important minerals such as those of the platinum group are predicted to occur in the Dufek igneous complex, a complex comparable in size and general mineralogy with the Bushveld complex. The author postulates the presence of a platinum group metals mineralization some 100-700 m below the lowest known exposure level and evaluates the economics of developing a platinum metals mine along the NW face of the Dufek Mts (82°34'S, 53°W). [R.A.H.]
Subjects:Antarctic Treaty; Economic geology; Geological methods; Lead-zinc deposits; Metal ores; Mineral exploration; Mineral resources; Platinum ores; Resources; Antarctica; Dufek Mine
Abstract Numbers:86M/2777
Record ID:1986071335
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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