Future Supply of Mineral Resources

Date & time

1–2pm 3 August 2017


Jaeger 1 Seminar Room, RSES


Lluís Fontboté (University of Geneva), 2017 Society of Economic Geologists Distinguished Lecturer

Event series


 Adele Morrison

In contrast to articles announcing that deposits of mineral raw materials will be exhausted within a few decades, geological evidence indicates that the resources of most mineral commodities are sufficient to supply countless future generations as long as there is a major effort in exploration. Potential future shortages will arise not from physical exhaustion of different metals but from causes related to industrial exploitation, the economy, and environmental or societal pressures on the use of mineral resources. The reasons of the widespread misconception of a rapid exhaustion of mineral resources are reviewed and perspectives on the future supply of mineral resources offered.

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