This handbook summarizes the main advances in our understanding of marine minerals and concentrates on the deposits of proven economic potential. In cases where our knowledge may be too limited to allow defining of their economic potential, those minerals are covered regionally or by deposit type.
Handbook of Marine Mineral Deposits is divided into three sections; Marine placers, manganese nodules and crusts, and deep-sea hydrothermal mineralization. All of these mineral deposits have great potential importance to economic geologists and marine mines.
Edited by an acknowledged expert in the field, this handbook includes work by internationally renowned contributors. The new United Nations Law of the Sea, ratified by over 100 countries within the past two years, provides a framework and guidelines for deep-sea mineral exploration that increases international interest in this book. The Handbook serves as a platform from which to launch the more detailed evaluation studies that will need to take place in the 21st century before recovery can continue or commence.
Handbook of Marine Mineral Deposits is
useful to mineralogists, economic geologists, marine geologists, marine miners, and conservationists.
Table of Contents
Introduction-D. S. Cronan
Marine Placer Deposits and Sea Level Changes- H. Kudrass
Heavy Mineral on the Indian Continental Shelf- G.V. Rajamanickam
Tin Placer Deposits on Continental Shelves - W. Yim
Marine Placer Gold-R. Garnett
Marine Placer Diamonds-R. Garnett
Resource Estimates of the Clarion-Clipperton Mananese Nodule Deposits - C.L. Morgan
Ferromanganese Nodules from the Central Indian Ocean Basin-P. Jauhari
Manganese Nodules of the Peru Basin-U. Von Stackelberg
Cobalt-Rich Ferromanganese Crusts in the Pacific-J. R. Hein, et al.
Innovations in Marine Ferromanganese Oxide Tailings Disposal-J. Wiltshire
Hydrothermal Activity on the Southern, Ultra-Fast Spreading Segment of the East Pacific Rise-V. Marchig
Mineral Deposits at 23 Degrees S, Central Indian Ridge-P. Halbach and U. Münch
Polymetallic Massive Sulfides in Mid-Ocean Ridge and Subduction-Related Environments-P. M. Herzig and M.D. Hamilton
Hydrothermal Mineralisation in the Red Sea- J.C. Scholten, P. Stoffers, et al.
"This book was a pleasure to review-excellent papers, professionally edited, and well-presented. The breadth of papers would suggest the greatest appeal would be to strategic planners and exploration directors within the minerals industry, who are considering various options for their corporate strategies…The volume certainly achieves its stated aim-of being a substantial tribute to the father of marine economic geology and the driving force behind the International Marine Minerals Society, the late Prof. J. Robert Moore.
--Bob Foster, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, United Kingdom