Quantitative Mineral Resource Assessments: An Integrated Approach

Hardcover | April 6, 2010

byDonald Singer, W. David Menzie

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Policy makers, mineral exploration experts, and regional planners decide how public lands, which may contain undiscovered resources, should be used or whether to invest in exploration for minerals on a regular basis. Decisions are also made concerning mineral resource adequacy, nationalpolicy, and regional development. This book makes explicit the factors that can affect a mineral-related decision so that decision-makers can clearly see the possible consequences of their decisions. Based on work done at the US Geological Survey, the authors address the question of the kinds of issues decision-makers are trying to resolve and what forms of information would aid in resolving these issues. The goal of the process discussed is to offer unbiased quantitative assessments in a formatneeded in decision-support systems so that consequences of alternative courses of action can be examined with respect to land use or mineral-resource development. An integrated approach focuses on three assessment parts and the models that support them. Although the concepts presented arestraightforward and understandable, in assessments, carefully listening to the experts in other disciplines leads to better products. Navigating through and making sense of QRA requires not just learning rules and equations, but life experiences and common sense. The judgment required to understandwhich tools to apply are best learned by example and experience. This will be useful to governmental or industrial policy makers, managers of explorations, planners of regional development, and similar decision-makers.

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Policy makers, mineral exploration experts, and regional planners decide how public lands, which may contain undiscovered resources, should be used or whether to invest in exploration for minerals on a regular basis. Decisions are also made concerning mineral resource adequacy, nationalpolicy, and regional development. This book makes ...

Donald Singer has been a world leader in methods of quantitatively assessing undiscovered mineral resources with publications on resource assessments, deposit models, quantitative methods, and exploration strategies. The SEG awarded him its Silver Medal and the U.S. Department of Interior awarded him its Distinguished Service Award. W...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:April 6, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Mineral Resources and Society3. Descriptive Models4. Deposit-Density Models5. Economic Analysis6. Grade-and-Tonnage Models7. Delineation of Permissive Tracts8. Estimating the Number of Undiscovered Deposits9. Integration of Grades, Tonnages, Number of Deposits, and Economic Effects10. Exploration Risk11. The Future of Quantitative Resource AssessmentsAppendix 1. Conversion of UnitsAppendix 2. Algorithm for Estimating Probabilities for a Set of Number-of-Deposit EstimatesGlossaryReferencesIndex