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Mineral Exploration and Mining Essentials Paperback
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(1) Strength in breadth with sufficient depth to whet the appetite to look elsewhere for greater depth
(2) Clear explanation of the key geological deposit types in everyday language. This is important because highly technical language and overly nuanced interpretation is a feature of many geology texts which makes them far less readable for non-geologists.
(3) The summaries of size and grade ranges of typical deposits is really useful and something I would have loved to have had starting out.
(4) Straightforward explanations of Mining and Metallurgical processes.
(5) Very good diagrams and photographs to illustrate key points with the diagrams and photos in colour close to the text to which they relate - good for visual learners.
(6) A good summary of the right questions to ask as an investor.
(7) Well edited with very few errors (although there is a bit of repetition).
The areas where greater explanation would be useful include:
(1) The text is very North American (even specifically Canadian) in emphasis and examples. Some greater discussion of other geological provinces and their similarities and differences would have been interesting (ie the Greenstone belts of W. Australia, West Africa and Guyana). In particular Africa and most of Oceania (Indonesia, PNG, Phillipines, Aus, NZ) get little or no mention. As an Australia I would say that, of course but it's a global business.
(2) A chapter on financial analysis of mining projects would probably be useful to most investors - perhaps not the standard DCF spiel but more if it picked out some of the key project differentiating aspects and gave examples of the magnitude of their impact (pit slope / ore to waste / recovery etc)
All in all it's clear the author was trying very hard to make the book accessible to non technical people and he's done a really good job of that. If a second edition incorporates the two items on my wish list the book will get my 5 stars.