Industrial Minerals


The combined lectures and practicals start with an introduction into the industrial minerals raw material market and mineral deposit evaluation. The following lessons combine a lecture about the fundamental processes of deposit formation and the relationship to mineral exploration and quality of the industrial mineral resource with practical study of representative samples. In addition, scientific papers will be read and interpreted in some lessons. It will be looked at different environmental impacts of ore extraction and processing. Also legal aspects of mineral resources exploration and extraction will be addressed.


Kesler, S.E. & Simon, A.C. (2015): Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment. Cambrigde University Press,
Cambridge, 434 pp.
Harben, P. (most recent edition): The Industrial Minerals HandyBook, a guide to markets, specifications and prices. Industrial
Minerals Division, Metal Bulletin PLC, London.
Bewertungskriterien für Industrieminerale, Steine und Erden. Geologisches Jahrbuch Reihe H. Schweizerbart’sche
Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart. Different publications of various authors; in German with English abstract.
Publications of the Geological Surveys: BGR, DERA, BGS, USGS, etc.


Field trips will be organized during the course. Details and deadlines of the exam will also be discussed during the course.