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Mineral resources of Antarctica

Circular 705

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Abstract

Although the existence of mineral deposits in Antarctica is highly probable, the chances of finding them are quite small. Minerals have been found there in great variety but only as occurrences. Manganese nodules, water (as ice), geothermal energy, coal, petroleum, and natural gas are potential resources that could perhaps be exploited in the future. On the basis of known mineral occurrences in Antarctica and relationships between geologic provinces of Antarctica and those of neighboring Gondwana continents, the best discovery probability for a base-metal deposit in any part of Antarctica is in the Andean orogen; it is estimated to be 0.075 (75 chances in 1,000).

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Mineral resources of Antarctica
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
705
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1974
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
iii, 28 p. :ill. ;26 cm.