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Platinum Metals Rev., 1988, 32, (4), 208

Geology and Geochemistry of the Platinum Metals

Platinum-Group Element Exploration, Developments in Economic Geology By D.L. Buchanan, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1988, 185 pages, U.S.$79/Dfl.150

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The price of platinum over the past decade, supported by increasing demand for the metal for industrial, investment and decorative purposes, has helped to stimulate worldwide interest in exploration for the platinum group elements; the publication of this book is therefore timely. It presents a set of guidelines for implementing an exploration programme and assessing the economic potential of an ore body, and is supplemented by a bibliography of some 130 items. As well as providing mining geologists with a wealth of practical information, much of which is based upon the author’s experience of the rocks of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, the book contains information that will be of interest to users of the platinum metals who wish to know of the geological factors that govern their availability.

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