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A Practical Guide to Ore Microscopy--Volume 1: Mineral Identification (Hardcover)

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This book offers a guide to the microscopic study of metallic ores with reflected light. It combines a rigorous approach with an attractive and easy-to-follow format, using high-quality calibrated photomicrographs to illustrate the use of color for ore identification. The ore identification methodology is updated with systematic color analysis and the application of new multispectral reflectance datasets, which offer an efficient tool for automated ore characterization. In addition, the first volume of this two-part work discusses the essential gangue minerals.

Readers will gain familiarity with the method as they follow its application to over 200 selected minerals, comprising the most important ore (≈150) and gangue (≈50) minerals, which are described in the text. Each entry includes an explanatory text with corresponding color photomicrographs for each of the most common microscope settings, preceded by a table summarizing the ore's main properties, and followed by spectral information in the visible and near-infrared ranges (specular reflectance values from 370 to 1000 nm). Some uncommon, strategic ores, e.g. columbotantalite ("coltan") and monazite, receive particular attention or are described for the first time with reflected light.
Lastly, the book presents a learning strategy for beginners and students. The approach is essentially practical, focusing on the development of observation skills, including self-checking through proposed practical tasks. In addition, the traditional use of determinative tables is critically reviewed and updated.
This book is part of a two-volume work. The second volume focuses on intergrowths/textural analysis and interpretation, as well as computer-vision-based automation and applications to ore processing/geometallurgy.
The intended audience includes professionals and engineers dealing with mineral resources, as well as postgraduate students. The book also provides lifelong learning support for freelancers and a valuable reference resource for practical university teaching.

About the Author


Ricardo Castroviejo, Professor Emeritus of Mineralogy and Ore Geology at the Superior School of Mines, Technical University of Madrid, has over 40 years of research and teaching experience in Mineral Raw Materials. He has been postgraduate fellow, visitor or invited professor in Heidelberg, Nancy, Sao Paulo, Reno-NV, Lima, Bochum, etc. After his PhD (1974), he worked over 10 years on industrial projects, and moved to the university in1987. He has over 150 publications on Mineralogy and Genesis of Ore Deposits, Mining Exploration and Geometallurgy, with emphasis on Ore Microscopy.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783031126536
ISBN-10: 303112653X
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: July 13th, 2023
Pages: 980
Language: English