Key trends in the resource sustainability of platinum group elements

Mudd, G 2012, 'Key trends in the resource sustainability of platinum group elements', Ore Geology Reviews, vol. 46, pp. 106-117.

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Title Key trends in the resource sustainability of platinum group elements
Author(s) Mudd, G
Year 2012
Journal name Ore Geology Reviews
Volume number 46
Start page 106
End page 117
Total pages 12
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Platinum group elements (PGEs) are increasingly used in a variety of environmentally-related technologies, such as chemical process catalysts, catalytic converters for vehicle exhaust control, hydrogen fuel cells, electronic components, and a variety of specialty medical uses, amongst others - almost all of which have strong expected growth to meet environmental and technological challenges this century. Economic geologists have been arguing on the case of abundant geologic resources of PGEs for some time while others still raise concerns about long-term supply - yet there remains no detailed analysis of formally reported mineral resources and key trends in the PGEs sector. This paper presents such a detailed review of the PGEs sector, including detailed mine production statistics and mineral resources by principal ore types, providing an authoritative case study on the resource sustainability for a group of elements which are uniquely concentrated in a select few regions of the earth. The methodology, compiled data sets and trends provide strong assurance on the contribution that PGEs can make to the key sustainability and technology challenges of the 21st century such as energy and pollution control.
Subject Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Bushveld Complex
Economic mineral resources
Great Dyke
Mineral resource sustainability
Platinum group elements (PGEs)
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2012.02.005
Copyright notice © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN 0169-1368
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