Resource assessments, geologic deposit models, and offshore minerals with an example of heavy-mineral sands

NATO Science Series
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Edited by: P.G. TelekiM.R. DobsonJeffrey R. Moore, and von Stackelberg U.

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Abstract

A resource assessment method for offshore minerals based on descriptive and grade-tonnage models is proposed. Historical development and applications of this method are summarized. Based on this approach, descriptive and quantitative deposit models for strand-line titanium placer deposits have been developed. Descriptive statistics were also computed using the worldwide deposit data set upon which the grade-tonnage models are based. Certain guidelines and limitations in applying onshore titanium deposit models to offshore assessment and exploration must, however, be observed. The descriptive model points out the specific features of strandline titanium placer deposits which can be of use in selection of areas for exploration; the grade-tonnage models display the expected size distribution for this type of deposit. Used with an estimate of expected number of deposits, this information can be applied to quantify probable values associated with deposits of this type within a given area.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Resource assessments, geologic deposit models, and offshore minerals with an example of heavy-mineral sands
Series title NATO Science Series
ISBN 978-94-010-8192-4
DOI 10.1007/978-94-009-3803-8_32
Volume 194
Year Published 1987
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Eastern Energy Resources Science Center
Description 29 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Marine minerals
First page 485
Last page 513
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