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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- What is the definition of economic geology?
- How do ore and other mineral deposits differ?
- What processes are used to find and assess mineral resources?
- In what six ways do minerals become concentrated?
- What is the link between plate tectonics and location of mineral deposits?
1. What is Economic Geology?
Explore the field of geology that provides us with the raw earth materials we need. In this lesson, we'll learn the scope of economic geology and introduce some topics that will be covered in greater detail in the rest of the chapter.
2. What Distinguishes Ore from Other Mineral Deposits?
Ore deposits provide the raw materials that allow our society to function. In this lesson, we'll look at the driving forces that cause ore deposits to be unique from non-valuable mineral deposits.
3. Finding and Assessing Mineral Resources
Because mineral resources are so rare, they are not easy to locate. In this lesson, we'll learn the process that geologists use to find and assess valuable mineral deposits.
4. Plate Tectonics and the Location of Mineral Deposits
In this lesson, we learn why a large portion of Earth's valuable mineral deposits are located along current and ancient tectonic plate boundaries. We'll also review the types of plate boundaries and how mineral resources are formed at each type.
5. Subduction: Definition & Process
Subduction is a geological term for one of Earth's tectonic plates sinking under another. When this happens, we can get earthquakes, volcanoes, and a recycling of Earth's rocks. Let's explore this more in this lesson.
6. Transform Fault: Definition & Characteristics
Transform faults are largely hidden from us under the oceans, but those that occur on continents really shake things up. These moving plate boundaries produce our most powerful earthquakes.
7. What is Ore? - Definition, Types, Uses & Examples
Learn about ores, which are a special type of rock from which we can economically extract valuable elements and minerals. Ores are the source for some of the world's most important geological resources, including both precious and industrial metals and energy resources like uranium.
8. Effect of Adding Carbon to Steel
Steel is one of the most important construction materials in the world. This lesson is about the composition of steel in general, and, specifically, the effects of adding carbon to steel.
9. How Minerals Become Concentrated
In order to locate valuable mineral resources, geologists have to understand how these resources are concentrated in the earth. This lesson examines the six methods through which valuable minerals are concentrated by natural processes.
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- Earth Materials: Help and Review
- Mineral Types, Properties, and Uses: Help and Review
- Earth and Celestial Rocks: Help and Review
- Igneous Rocks in Geology: Help and Review
- Sedimentary Rocks in Geology: Help and Review
- Metamorphic Rocks in Geology: Help and Review
- Rock Deformation, Geological Folds & Faults: Help and Review
- Weathering, Soil & Erosion: Help and Review
- Running Water in Geology: Help and Review
- Ground Water in Geology: Help and Review
- Glaciers in Geology: Help and Review
- Oceans in Geology: Help and Review
- Deserts and Wind: Help and Review
- Water Balance in Geology: Help and Review
- The Universe: Help and Review
- Geologic Time & Radiometric Dating: Help and Review
- Earth's Spheres, Surface & Structure: Help and Review
- Atmospheric Sciences: Help and Review
- Earthquakes in Geology: Help and Review
- Plate Tectonics in Geology: Help and Review
- Energy Resources in Geology: Help and Review
- Renewable & Nonrenewable Resources: Help and Review
- Human Impact on the Earth & Environment: Help and Review
- Environmental Sustainability in Physical Geology: Help and Review
- Environmental Risk Analysis in Physical Geology: Help and Review
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