The share of giant metal accumulations in the cumulative production of industrial metals on the example of gold
published: Jul 31, 1996
ArtNo. ESP136000602002, Price: 19.00 €
Giant accumulations of metals account for a large share of mine production at present, but it was not so in the distant past. In spite of the expected ease of finding the "giants" (they should have been found first!) only five out of 43 presently recognized giant gold deposits were probably discovered before the year 1800. The rest of discoveries followed in two major waves of accelerated finds in the past 120 years. The contribution of the giants to the world's gold production peaked in 1970 and has been declining since. It is believed that other metals accumulations behave in a qualitatively similar fashion.