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Clarify the role of mineral resources, specifically that of industrial minerals, in the everyday life. Underline the link between the features of a specific mineral and its possible uses, as well as the consequences in terms of associated value. To learn how chemical and mineralogical characteristics can affect a production process and how geology, mineralogy, environmental impacts and the market play together in determining the economic feasibility of a mining activity.
Mineral resources. Definitions. Classifications - Industrial minerals. Definitions. Overview on their uses. - Minerals for the glass industry. The Florinas mine. - Minerals for refractories. - Structure, properties and uses of clay minerals. Geology of clay minerals and its relevance on their possible applications. - Structure, properties, uses and geology of natural zeolites. - Minerals for the ceramic industry. The Sarcidano ball clay mines. - Minerals for cement and plaster. Aggregates. - Decorative stones. Quality and technical features. -
Mining activity and environmental impact. Economic aspects. Regulations.
The material used for lectures will be made available to the students.
Manning D.A.C., 1995. Industrial minerals. Chapman & Hall.
Kogel et al., 2006. Industrial Minerals & Rocks. SME.
Evans A., 1997. An Introduction to Economic Geology and its Environmental Impact.
Primavori P., 1997. Planet Stone. Ed. ETS.
Ciullo P.A. 1996. Industrial Minerals and their Uses. Noyes Publications.
Evans A., 1987. An Introduction to Ore Geology. Blackwell.
Berton Y. et Le Berre P., 1990. Guide de prospection des matériaux de carrière. BRGM.
The course will consist of lectures and laboratory activities.
Dipartimento di SCIENZE DELLA NATURA E DEL TERRITORIO, Via Piandanna 4 SASSARI
Readiness to offer individual assistance in a foreign language to incoming students (English): YES
Availability of supporting material and bibliographic references also in a foreign language (English): YES
Readiness to accept examination of incoming students also in a foreign language (English) : YES