Ore minerals are naturally occurring sources of metals vital to our society and way of life. This course describes the physical properties of ore minerals, how to identify them, their history, uses and importance. We cover 11 common metal-bearing and industrial minerals that belong to the native ores and yellow-coloured sulfides. This course is a companion course to Ore Minerals 2 – Sulfides and Oxides.
Of the minerals covered in this course, 6 are sources of metal for the global mining industry: silver, gold, platinum, copper, chalcopyrite and pentlandite. Another 3, namely diamond, graphite and sulfur, are sources of non-metal elements. We also look at pyrite and pyrrhotite, 2 sulfide minerals that are not ores themselves but often occur in ore deposits, making them important species to recognize and differentiate from the more valuable sulfide ores.
Diagnostic properties are given for each species to aid their identification in the field. Mining methods, mine production, global reserves and resources are also described, emphasizing the importance of ore minerals to our economy.
The course comprises 20 learning sessions, each of 30–60 minutes duration, plus supporting figures, images, tables, references, appendices, and interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of the learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 11 hours.