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    DescriptionAs we dig, drill, and excavate to unearth the planet s mineral bounty, the resources we exploit from ores, veins, seams, and wells are gradually becoming exhausted. Mineral treasures that took millions, or even billions, of years to form are now being squandered in just centuries or sometimes just decades. Will there come a time when we actually run out of minerals? Debates already soar over how we are going to obtain energy without oil, coal, and gas. But what about the other mineral losses we face? Without metals, and semiconductors, how are we going to keep our industrial system running? Without mineral fertilizers and fuels, how are we going to produce the food we need?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 civilizations, 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. The easy mineral resources, the least expensive to extract and process, have been mostly exploited and depleted. There are plenty of minerals left to extract, but at higher costs and with increasing difficulties.The effects of depletion take different forms and one may be the economic crisis that is gripping the world system. And depletion is not the only problem. Mining has a dark side pollution that takes many forms and delivers many consequences, including climate change. The world we have been accustomed to, so far, was based on cheap mineral resources and on the ability of the ecosystem to absorb pollution without generating damage to human beings. Both conditions are rapidly disappearing. Having thoroughly plundered planet Earth, we are entering a new world. Bardi draws upon the world s leading minerals experts to offer a compelling glimpse into that new world ahead."


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    Title
    Extracted
    Subtitle
    How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ugo Bardi
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 513 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781603585415
    ISBN 10: 1603585419
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ENV
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.8
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: RNF
    B&T General Subject: 180
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27610
    Libri: I-BE
    BISAC V2.8: NAT038000, NAT011000
    B&T Approval Code: A32302000
    BISAC V2.8: BUS099000, TEC026000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: L45553040
    DC22: 333.8
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 338.2
    BISAC V2.8: BUS070150
    B&T Approval Code: A61200000
    LC classification: TD195.M5 B368 2014
    Illustrations note
    Black and White, 50 images
    Publisher
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Publication date
    16 May 2014
    Publication City/Country
    White River Junction
    Review quote
    Booklist- "Although mining the earth's crust for its amazingly versatile mineral resources has been going on for centuries, the damaging environmental side effects from our increasing demand for precious metals have become obvious only in the last few decades. Yet, according to Italian chemistry professor and ecological expert Bardi, who wrote this report for the Club of Rome, a global think tank devoted to addressing political and humanitarian concerns, worldwide mineral depletion not only impacts climate change but strains the international economy and often harms the indigenous cultures where mining takes place. After taking readers through a tour of mineral mining's colorful history, Bardi explains the multistage process of bringing minerals to market, from extraction to refinement, before addressing mining's dark side, including reckless waste and child labor in Third World countries. With input from other mineral experts, Bardi also rebuts critics who argue that emerging technologies, like a 'universal mining machine, ' will be able to solve most of these problems. A skillfully written guide to a crucial, little-understood subject and an urgent wake-up call."