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TitleMichel Cuney and Kurt Kyser: Geology and geochemistry of uranium and thorium deposits
AuthorPotter, E G
SourceMineralium Deposita 2016, 2 pages,
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20160115
PublisherSpringer Nature
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf; html
Subjectseconomic geology; geochemistry; mineral deposits; uranium; thorium
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-4), Uranium Ore Systems
Released2016 09 10
AbstractCertainly no strangers to anyone in the uranium industry, Michel Cuney and Kurt Kyser bring together a wealth of information collected over their impressive careers into a single source. Published in remarkably quick time frame from the short course presented at Montreal in 2015, the book is broken down into 11 chapters: Nuclear fuels and the economics of uranium, Uranium deposit types, Geochemical characteristics of uranium and thorium and analytical methods, Radioactivity, heat production and natural reactors, Magmatic processes involved in uranium deposit formation, Metasomatic ¿ and metamorphic-hydrothermal uranium deposits, Low to medium temperature hydrothermal uranium deposits, Basins and uranium deposits, Deposits related to low temperature processes, Thorium deposits, and Exploration strategies and the future of uranium and thorium as energy resources.
As noted by the authors in the preface, the chapters in the volume are not meant to be comprehensive. Indeed, the volume presents concise overviews on the type localities for each deposit type and discusses current research and genetic models. As such, this contribution is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in these elements and provides both key historic and modern references for each deposit type, district and current research without being too onerous. While most figures are presented in colour, my only criticism is that some are of lower resolution (e.g. Figs. 6-3, 8-18) - certainly not low enough to obscure the information presented, but noticeable in an otherwise well-edited volume. On a positive note, the binding of this soft cover volume has improved from previous short course volumes.
Having attended excellent short courses by both authors, I am grateful to have all this information presented in a single, citable publication and would certainly recommend this volume as an essential resource to anyone interested in the uranium and thorium fields.
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Positive book review of Mineralogical Association of Canada short course volume 46: geology and geochemistry of uranium and thorium deposits by Michel Cuney and Kurt Kyser.