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Extracted

How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet

by Ugo Bardi

As 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. Will there come a time when we run out of minerals? In Extracted, Ugo Bardi draws upon the world’s leading minerals experts to offer a compelling glimpse into that new world ahead, delivers a sweeping history of the mining industry, and shows how mining came to be one of the largest global industries.

"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!"


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