Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet

Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet


By (author) Ugo Bardi

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  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 23mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 18 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: White River Junction
  • ISBN 10: 1603585419
  • ISBN 13: 9781603585415
  • Illustrations note: Black and White, 50 images
  • Sales rank: 96,376

Product description

Ugo Bardi delivers a sweeping history of the mining industry, starting with its humble beginning when our early ancestors started digging underground to find the stones they needed for their tools. He traces the links between mineral riches and empires, wars, and civilisations, and shows how mining in its various forms came to be one of the largest global industries. He also illustrates how the gigantic mining machine is now starting to show signs of difficulties.

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Although Ugo Bardi s fine book focuses on extraction, it also discusses geological formation of minerals and ores, mining, metallurgy, coinage of precious metals, debt, waste, pollution, climate change, and the dark side of mining. Interspersed are short digressions written by other experts on related topics ranging from soil fertility and plants as miners, to peak oil and coal, and the Hubbert depletion curve. The book is clearly written and insightful. Highly recommended! --Herman Daly, author of Ecological Economics;professor emeritus, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland"