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We have compiled the list of Best Reference Books on Mineral Exploration subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of best books on Mineral Exploration along with reviews.

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List of Mineral Exploration Books with author’s names, publishers, and an unbiased review as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books.

1. Advance Techniques of Mineral Exploration

1. “Novel Techniques in Synthesis and Processing of Advanced Materials” by J Singh and S M Copley

“Novel Techniques in Synthesis and Processing of Advanced Materials” Book Review: The book is useful for chemical engineers, students related to industrial/technical chemistry, and researchers. Important topics include the various methods for synthesis of materials, including mechanical milling, combustion process, sol-gel process, microwave, laser chemical vapour deposition (CVD) process, metalorganic CVD and combustion synthesis. Important topics like structural characterization at small-dimensions thermodynamics, kinetics and properties of future need for advancement in the electronic industries covers a major portion of the book. Synthesis of nanocrystalline electronic materials is explained with proper examples and diagrammatic representation. After reading this book, readers can have a better understanding of the phenomena that occurs during synthesis and processing of the advanced materials.

2. “Advanced Characterization of Industrial Minerals” by G Christidis

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“Advanced Characterization of Industrial Minerals” Book Review: Industrial minerals, significance, characteristics, geological setting for industrial mineral resources, X-ray Powder Diffraction, qualitative & quantitative analysis in industrial mineralogy, particle size & shape characterization, Thermal Analysis in the characterization and processing of industrial minerals, application of vibrational spectroscopy, characterization of industrial minerals & geomaterials, portland cement & other calcareous hydraulic binders are some of the topics discussed in the book. Other topics include Exploring the Continental Crust Jointly by Drilling and by Deep Seismic Sounding, Regional Deep Geophysical Research, Techniques and Technology of Super-Deep Borehole Drilling, Methods and Techniques of Scientific Research in Boreholes and Its Neighbourhood, Logging Concept and First Results from the KTB Pilot Borehole. The book is suggested to geologists, students related to this field, miners and explorers. The content of the book is simple and easy to understand. Undergraduate students can prefer this book though they do not have enough knowledge about this topic.

3. “Techniques in Mineral Exploration” by J H Reedman

“Techniques in Mineral Exploration” Book Review: All those who are giving their university level courses in this discipline can read this book. It can be preferred by postgraduates and scholars interested in this field. People starting their industrial careers and those who are experienced in this field can also read this book. This is a single, comprehensive, reference book on exploration geology. The book is meant for the geologist working in mineral exploration, who does not require a specialist’s knowledge. It includes material with a number of practical aspects. Adding to this, students of economic geology and personnel working in related fields in the mining and mineral extraction industries will find it informative. Chapters are based on geochemical and geophysical prospecting. Mineral resources & exploration, geological mapping & prospecting, photogeology & remote sensing, geochemical prospecting, deep sampling methods, geophysical prospecting, drilling methods, surveying, ore reserve calculations, and evaluation of prospects are some of the important topics covered.

4. “Super-Deep Continental Drilling and Deep Geophysical Sounding (Exploration of the Deep Continental Crust)” by Karl Fuchs and Yevgeny A Kozlovsky

“Super-Deep Continental Drilling and Deep Geophysical Sounding (Exploration of the Deep Continental Crust)” Book Review: The book discusses the main problems of modern geology. It explains about the state & prospects of further development of deep continental structure investigations. The main feature of the book is the investigation of the Earth’s crust. The reports given in the book elaborate subjects of world importance as Achievements in implementation of major scientific programs, Investigating Deep Earth Structure and plans for their further materialization, Theoretical problems of carrying out geological-geophysical explorations and Drilling Operations, and New Approaches to the Study of the Earth’s Interior. The book also focuses on results of deep investigations of individual countries and organizations, concrete technical elaboration, methods of work execution, etc. The book can be read by scientists, specialists, geologists, students, and researchers.

5. “Handbook Of Mineral Exploration And Ore Petrology: Techniques And Applications” by Dhana Raju

“Handbook of Mineral Exploration and Ore Petrology: Techniques and Applications” Book Review: This book starts with the Introductory part which is then followed by 2 parts, of which the first part includes Techniques under which the chapters are Field Study, Sampling & Megascopic Study, Density & Other Petro-physical Properties, Luminescence, Mineral Separation, Mechanical Analysis of Clastic Sediments, X-ray Diffraction, Differential Thermal Analysis, Fluid Inclusion Study, Radioactivity, and Chemical Analysis, and the second part constitutes Applications that includes the chapters like Nomenclature & Classification of Rocks & Ore Deposits, Mineral Exploration, Petromineragraphy in Mineral-Exploration & Exploitation, XRD study in Mineral Exploration, Geological Thermobarometers, and Provenance Study. The book can be read by anyone, be it a student or a researcher, belonging to this field. The content is simple in language & easy to understand and the topics are very well arranged such that every next topic is related to the previous ones. Hence, the continuity of the reader won’t break.

6. “Non-Conventional Techniques in Mineral Exploration” by Saul Jones

“Non-Conventional Techniques in Mineral Exploration” Book Review: Modelling of earth science data, Geochemical exploration of mineral deposits, Non-conventional techniques in mineral exploration, Standard analytical methods in geochemical exploration are few important topics discussed in the book. The book starts with introducing the readers with the topics like Mineral Resources and Exploration, Growth in Mineral Production, Patterns of Production and Consumption. Then topics like the Nature of Mineral Exploration, Mining and the Environment, Geological Mapping and Prospecting, The Importance of Geological Mapping and Prospecting, Traditional Prospecting Methods, Photogeology and Remote Sensing. Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR), Satellite Photographs and Imagery, are explained. The first series of the book is all about Analytical techniques whereas the second series is all about exploration geochemistry and isotope geochemistry. This book covers not only the nature of mineral exploration but also considers other factors essential for exploring, starting from evaluating the target to studying and gathering information for extraction and production. Six detailed case studies are also included.

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7. “Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems: Geological Mapping, Mineral Exploration and Mining” by Christopher Legg

“Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems: Geological Mapping, Mineral Exploration and Mining” Book Review: Importance of remote sensing and geographic information systems in the mineral industry is explained at the start of the book then the book outlines the basic concepts of remote sensing, role of geographic information systems (GIS), examining the synergistic importance of data integration, Raster and vector based systems and problems of data input. The hardwares and softwares that are used in the implementation of this concept is also discussed with proper examples. It also reviews about the latest spaceborne and airborne systems and an overview of systems that are still under development. Image Processing has been covered in the book including its types, methods and where & how to use. Geologists, researchers, and students related to this field can prefer this book.

8. “Geothermal Fluids: Chemistry and Exploration Techniques” by Keith Nicholson

“Geothermal Fluids: Chemistry and Exploration Techniques” Book Review: Aqueous geochemistry applied to geothermal systems is introduced at the very beginning. The book focuses mainly on readers who are new to geothermal energy. The book has provided readers with sufficient background knowledge from the beginners level so that the new readers are able to further understand the complex concepts on geothermal energy. The first part of the book is all about how geothermal fluids and their associated chemistry evolve, and shows how the chemistry of these fluids can be used to deduce information about the resource, and the topics covered under this are Geothermal systems, water chemistry, calculating reservoir fluid chemistry, Gas chemistry, gas geothermometers, isotope chemistry, and many more related topics. The second part focuses on survey techniques explaining how these should be performed and the procedures which need to be adopted to ensure reliable sampling and analytical data are obtained, and the topics covered under this are exploration techniques, water surveys, field survey, sampling methods, data quality and presentation, and many more.

9. “Essentials of Mineral Exploration and Evaluation” by S M Gandhi and B C Sarkar

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“Essentials of Mineral Exploration and Evaluation” Book Review: The book is divided into two parts. The first part is related to the basic principles and practical related content of several techniques used as a means for mineral exploration. Broad guidelines to provide an introduction to the current practices in sampling, estimation of petrophysical properties, techniques of mineral identification under both transmitted and reflected light, determination of modal composition of rocks, fluid inclusion study, radioactivity in minerals, and rocks process mineralogy and chemical analysis are contained in part 1st of the book. The part 2 of the book brings under consideration, about the application of the data and information obtained by using the techniques that are used for characterizing ores and evaluating mineral deposits. The chapters included under this section are applications of GIS, statistics, and geostatistics in mineral exploration and evaluation includes case studies to enhance practical application of concepts. The book can be useful for miners, geologists, researchers, explorers, and students in this field.

10. “Satellite Hydrocarbon Exploration: Interpretation and Integration Techniques” by Zeev Berger

“Satellite Hydrocarbon Exploration: Interpretation and Integration Techniques” Book Review: Members of remote sensing and exploration geologists in particular are suggested this book. The examples used here, therefore, surface or obscured by thick vegetative and soil are very well used. The book is a straightforward and clear account, consisting of many examples. The book is in terms of three-dimensional geology. It can be used as a practical book on remote sensing in geology to date. The book explains about the fundamentals of remote sensing technology, its interpretation and integration. Then it moves towards Digital image manipulation, image interpretation techniques of exposed structures and image interpretation techniques of obscured & buried structures. It ends by explaining about The Canadian Foreland Fold and Thrust Belt, The Paris Basin, and finally The East Texas region.


2. Mineral Exploration and Mineral Economics

1. “Courses in Mining Geology” by Arogyaswami R P N
2. “Elements of Prospecting for Non-fuel Mineral Deposits” by Banerjee P K and Ghosh S

“Elements of Prospecting for Non-fuel Mineral Deposits” Book Review: This book acts as a quick guide on mineral deposits. It contains case histories of India and other foreign countries. It covers the modern techniques of search and discovery of non-fuel deposits. It also contains environmental geotechnical and hydrological tests. Topics like simple data processing techniques and procedures for economic evaluation are also discussed.

3. “Mineral Prospecting Manual” by Chaussier Jean – Bernard and Morer J
4. “INTRODUCTION TO MINERAL EXPLORATION” by MOON

“INTRODUCTION TO MINERAL EXPLORATION” Book Review: This book provides complete details on mineral exploration. This book covers factors that are essential to the successful exploration of minerals. The book covers very detailed case studies on mineral exploration. It also includes a case study on the exploration of diamonds. Topics like Ore, Mineral Economics and Mineral Exploration are also covered.

5. “Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geoscientist” by Professor Michael Dentith and Stephen T Mudge

“Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geoscientist” Book Review: This book gives an overview of geophysical methods. It covers the creation of geological models of the subsurface. It contains methods for data interpretation to find hidden mineral deposits. Geophysical methods are explained in detail. Geophysical methods such as gravity, magnetic, radiometric, electrical, electromagnetic and seismic methods are discussed. The book also explains petrophysics and data modeling. This book is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in minerals geoscience.

6. “Mineral Exploration: Principles and Applications” by S K Haldar

“Mineral Exploration: Principles and Applications” Book Review: This book covers all the activities ranging from mining and extraction to economic evaluation. It also covers various policies and environmental impacts. This book contains 16 case studies based on real-life scenarios. It contains 200 illustrations and pictures for a visual experience. Each chapter covers theory as well as applications related to it. This helps one to understand the entire scope of mineral exploration.

7. “Economic Mineral Deposits” by Mead L Jensen and Alan M Bateman

“Economic Mineral Deposits” Book Review: This book covers mineral economics and exploration. It covers a brief history of the use of minerals. Materials that are required for mineral deposits and their formation are also discussed. Topics like magmatic concentration, sublimation and contact metasomatism are also discussed. In addition, precious metals, nonferrous metals, iron and ferro-alloy metals are also explained.

8. “Economic Geology: Economic Mineral Deposits” by U Prasad

“Economic Geology: Economic Mineral Deposits” Book Review: This book can be used by the students pursuing B.Sc. And M.Sc. in Geology. The book begins with the essential factors in mineral deposition and ore-genesis. It deals with the processes of the formation of mineral deposits. It also covers mineral paragenesis and zoning metallogenic epochs and provinces. In addition, the classification of minerals deposits and metallic mineral deposits are also discussed. This book discusses the mineral paragenesis and zoning metallogenic epochs and provinces and controls of mineral localisation. This book also gives an account of information on classification of non-metallic minerals.
9. “Mine and Mineral Economics” by Subhash C Ray and Indra N Sinha

“Mine and Mineral Economics” Book Review: This book explains the principles of mine and mineral economics. It covers the outline of reserve-resource dynamics. It also covers the estimation of ore reserves and mineral availability. It also focuses on mineral sampling. It also contains the marketing and trading of minerals. Features of the mineral policies of a few countries are discussed. The book is useful for undergraduate students of mining engineering and earth science. It elaborates the principles of mine and mineral economics. This book gives the account of quantitative and logical aspects of mine finance and accounting. This book scrutinizes and assists understanding of economic and policy issues, programmes and plans for surveying, mining, beneficiation and marketing activities.


3. Mineral Economics

1. “Mineral Economics” by N L Sharma and Sinha

“Mineral Economics” Book Review: This book is useful for students of geology and mining. It gives basic knowledge about the vast facets of the subject and in preparing students for taking up the responsibility of steering the development of mineral resources. It covers topics on mineral legislation in India and abroad, mineral resources and law of the seabed, grading and marketing, method of estimating mineral reserves including petroleum, principle and methods of ore dressing.

2. “Mining Geology” by Arogyaswamy

“Mining Geology” Book Review: This book is useful for the students of B.Sc, M.Sc, M.Tech, and aims beyond. It covers subjects such as Managerial Economics, Projects Planning and the use of computers. It also contains subjects useful for day to day work in the field of geology. It provides the aspects of open cast mining such as deployment and utilisation of heavy earth moving machines and the techniques of blasting as applied to open cast mining. It reflects the recent changes in the Mineral Concession Rules and also in the Mineral Conservation and Development Rules.

3. “Prospecting for Atomic Minerals” by Knoerr A. W
4. “Economic Mineral Deposits” by Mead L Jensen and Alan M Bateman

“Economic Mineral Deposits” Book Review: This book is for the students pursuing mining engineering. It contains principles of mineral economics and exploration. And a brief history about use of minerals and the development of economic geology. It also contains topics like materials of mineral deposits and its formation, petrology of mineral deposits: magmas, solutions, and sediments. It describes the different processes of formation of mineral deposits like magmatic concentration, sublimation, contact metasomatism, sedimentation, hydrothermal, etc. This book also explains about the processes like bacteriogenic, submarine exhalation and volcanogenic, evaporation oxidation and supergene enrichment and many more. It also has an account of mineral deposition of metallic and non-metallic minerals. This book has general abrasives and abrasion minerals general references on economic geology index.

5. “An Introduction to Mineral Economics” by K K Chatterjee
6. “Ore Geology, Economic Minerals and Mineral Economics, Vol. 2” by S K Tiwari

“Ore Geology, Economic Minerals and Mineral Economics, Vol. 2” Book Review: This book is for the students preparing for NET, GATE, SLET and ONGC. And for the individual preparing for administrative exams like IAS, IPS, IFS, PCS. And for the students of geography, geology, environmental sciences and mining engineering. It contains information about the development in marine science and increasing concern about environment and ocean resources, forest resources. It gives an account of information on mineral economics. It also encomposses classification norms of mineral deposits, geo-statics. And also tells about criteria for mineral examination and investments, ore microscopy, processing. It has legal provisions, national mineral policies mentioned in it. This book has mention of mineral based companies and narrates about the abrasive need of minerals like iron, steel, aluminium, cement and fertilizers.

7. “Mineral Economics: Development and Management of Natural Resources (Developments in Economic Geology)” by O Rudawsky

“Mineral Economics: Development and Management of Natural Resources (Developments in Economic Geology)” Book Review: This book is for the students of mineral engineers, economics. And to the graduates of resource economics, mineral economics and natural resource management, environmental science. This book contains information on the feasibility on the behalf of private interests, development and use of natural resources from the societal point of view. It has many basic concepts explained. It has details regarding discoverable stocks of renewable and non renewable natural resources. It has many small additional notes and references too. Many unpublished references are also taken into consideration.

8. “Mineral Economics and Policy” by John E Tilton and Juan Ignacio Guzmán

“Mineral Economics and Policy” Book Review: This book is for the graduates and undergraduates of mining engineering. And to the professionals and investors in the field of mining and commodity markets. It gives knowledge about mineral economics and its use in commodity markets. It mainly focuses on metallic and non-metallic commodities. It also mentions the industrial application of the economic principles. This book has both public and corporate policies of the economic sectors mentioned in it.


4. Mineral Beneficiation

1. “Management and Mitigation of Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa: Input for Mineral Beneficiation in Africa” by Munyaradzi Mujuru and Shingirirai S Mutanga

“Management and Mitigation of Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa: Input for Mineral Beneficiation in Africa” Book Review: This book discusses the increasing challenge of acid mine drainage in South Africa. This challenge has increased in mineral resource-rich Africa. But the country has tried really hard to tackle the challenges. The book contains the works that can be done to address the AMD challenges in South Africa. The book also includes the economic, policy and legal challenges to address the problem. The book explains why AMD is a must for South Africans to solve problems of acute water shortage, etc,.

2. “Mineral Beneficiation: A Concise Basic Course” by D V Subba Rao

“Mineral Beneficiation: A Concise Basic Course” Book Review: This book discusses the process for achieving uniform quality, size and maximum tenor ore. The book is designed for individuals working in mining and mineral engineering.The book will be beneficial in terms of costs of freight, handling and extracting reduce along with the loss of metal through slag. The book discussed how beneficiation will save time and costs allowing selective, profitable bulk mining. It also outlines the essentials of mineral dressing and its operations. The book discusses the terms and techniques providing basic formulas, method. It also contains the practical examples for calculations.

3. “Process Mineralogy: XII: Applications to Environment, Precious Metals, Mineral Beneficiation, Pyrometallurgy, Coal and Refractories” by A R Rule and Petruk W
4. “Process Mineralogy: XIII: Applications to Environmental and Health Concerns, Copper-Gold Deposits, Titanium Minerals, Beneficiation, Pyrometallurgy and Other Industrial Problems.” by R D Hagni
5. “Mineral Biotechnology: Microbial Aspects of Mineral Beneficiation, Metal Extraction and Environmental Control” by S Komar Kawatra and K A Natarajan

“Mineral Biotechnology: Microbial Aspects of Mineral Beneficiation, Metal Extraction and Environmental Control” Book Review: This book discusses advancement of mineral processing which is based on biological principles. The book explains how microorganisms play a major role in the process. It outlines the bio hydrometallurgical extraction of metals from ores that is being practised around the globe. This book presents the detailed technologies along with the real world case studies. The book also covers how this process will help in biogenesis and biomineralization.

6. “Flotation Reagents: Applied Surface Chemistry on Minerals Flotation and Energy Resources Beneficiation: Volume 1: Functional Principle” by Dianzuo Wang

“Floatation Reagents: Applied Surface Chemistry on Minerals Flotation and Energy Resources Beneficiation: Volume 1: Functional Principle” Book Review: This book discusses the functional principle of floatation reagents. The book is designed for university graduate students as well as researchers and R&D engineers. It outlines the fundamentals and approaches which are applied to study the reagent’s structure and performance along with the interaction with minerals. The book also explains the theoretical criteria for collector performance. The book covers quantum chemistry parameters, steric configuration, HOMO and LUMO.

7. “Beneficiation of Mineral Fines” by P Somasundaran
8. “Minerals Processing and Beneficiation” by NAM S&T Centre

“Minerals Processing and Beneficiation” Book Review: This book discusses the role of science diplomacy to negotiate between nations. It also discusses the skills necessary to handle affairs without arousing hostility in the countries. The book contains 19 research papers and status reports from 15 countries. The book will be of great help to researchers, professionals and policy makers. The book is a follow up of the International Workshop on Science and Technology Diplomacy in Developing countries.

9. “Modern Mineral Exploration: Practices and Techniques” by S C Ghoshal

“Modern Mineral Exploration: Practices and Techniques” Book Review: This book explains the stages that are used in the exploration of a mineral prospect starting from identification to maturing it into a working deposit. It emphasizes the essential aspects of geological mapping. The book also explains the exploration by pitting, trenching, drilling, sampling and beneficiation. It introduces the computer application in geology. The book also assesses the reserves and grade of the mineral deposit which is considered as a critical stage for evaluation purposes.

10. “Spectrochemical determination of beryllium in mineral beneficiation products” by Maurice Jarvis Peterson

“Modern Mineral Exploration: Practices and Techniques” Book Review: This book explains the stages that are used in the exploration of a mineral prospect starting from identification to maturing it into a working deposit. It emphasizes the essential aspects of geological mapping. The book also explains the exploration by pitting, trenching, drilling, sampling and beneficiation. It introduces the computer application in geology. The book also assesses the reserves and grade of the mineral deposit which is considered as a critical stage for evaluation purposes.

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