Mineral Deposits of China: an introduction

Chang, Zhaoshan, and Goldfarb, Richard (2019) Mineral Deposits of China: an introduction. In: Chang, Zhaoshan, and Goldfarb, Richard, (eds.) Mineral Deposits of China. Special Publications of the Society of Economic Geologists, 22 . Society of Economic Geologists, Littleton, CO, USA, pp. 1-11.

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[Extract] China is a large country with approximately 9.6 million square kilometers of land area that is rich in mineral resources. It is the major producer of many metals. For the 40 metals (rare earth elements and platinum group elements [REE and PGE] counted as one each) regularly reported in the USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries with production and some reserves data, China was in the top four global producers for 32 in 2018 (Table 1, summarized from U.S. Geological Survey, 2019). These include As, Au, Bi, Cd, Ga, Ge, Hg, In, Mg, Mo, Pb, Sb, Se, Sn, Te, Ti, total REE oxides, V, W, Y, and Zn, all for which China is the largest producer; bauxite and Be (2nd larg-est producer); Ag, Fe ore, Li, Sr, and Zr (3rd largest producer), and K, Mn, Re, and Ta (4th largest producer). In addition, China is also the largest producer of a number of industrial minerals such as granite, wollastonite, barite, and sulfur (U.S. Geological Survey, 2019). Where reserves data are available, China also has the world's largest reserves of Mo, Se, Sn, Te, REE, and V Table 1).

Item ID: 62870
Item Type: Book Chapter (Non-Research)
ISBN: 978-1-629493-10-7
ISSN: 2639-1910
Copyright Information: © 2019 Society of Economic Geologists, Inc.
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 01:18
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040307 Ore Deposit Petrology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 84 MINERAL RESOURCES (excl. Energy Resources) > 8401 Mineral Exploration > 840102 Copper Ore Exploration @ 40%
84 MINERAL RESOURCES (excl. Energy Resources) > 8401 Mineral Exploration > 840105 Precious (Noble) Metal Ore Exploration @ 30%
84 MINERAL RESOURCES (excl. Energy Resources) > 8401 Mineral Exploration > 840108 Zinc Ore Exploration @ 30%
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