Geology and Mineral concepts were included to assist our non-mineral-math-oriented readers
explain minerals as elements produced in a natural form on earth and how deep sediments were brought up to the surface
by the forces of geology for subsequent exploration and mining.
"Mineral Commodities" A grouping
of common industrial minerals with commercial value.
"Andes Plateau Mines" Quick introduction
to existing mines in the region and its origin.
"Crystallography" An elemental chart
describing basic composition of minerals in the area.
"Rock Classification" Rocks differ from minerals in that
rocks are merely physical mixtures of minerals, while the minerals themselves are chemical compounds of fairly uniform composition.
For most prospectors, the study of rocks is more complicated than the study of minerals.
"Source Ore Deposits" The ultimate
source of ore deposits is deep in the igneous rocks in the earth. The original concentration takes place within bodies
of magma through a process called differentiation.
"Control Deposits" The formation of
valuable mineral deposits result from a combination of factors, conditions and events which go hand in hand to determine
the areas in which metals are gathered into concentrations greatly
exceeding the average for rocks in general.
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