Summary of the Nature and Contents of “The Origin of Rocks and Mineral Deposits – Using Current Physical Chemistry of Small Particle Systems”
The book referred to in this title is a comprehensive interdisciplinary scientific treatise that introduces revolutionary new knowledge achieved by competent use of the scientific method. The research on which it is based has been more thoroughly and critically reviewed than is usual for scientific works and the international edition has recently been published.
However, correct statements and advertising of the publisher and booksellers are disbelieved because many scientists assume the author is claiming to have discovered the origin of rocks and mineral deposits. Millions of dollars are spent each year on research endeavouring to understand the formation of ore deposits. It is a preposterous misconception that any one scientist could discover the origin of rocks and mineral deposits.
The book definitely does not introduce a new geological theory or revise an existing one. Using the basic scientific method of logical conclusions from direct observation it reinterprets geological phenomena and processes using currently established physical chemistry of small particle systems. The title of this book “The Origin of Rocks and Mineral Deposits – using current physical chemistry of small particle systems”1 is not a boastful or exaggerated claim. It summarises the results of over 50 years of systematic industrial research that actually achieved an understanding of how modern surface chemistry now explains the otherwise puzzling features and textures we see preserved in the rocks and the release of ore minerals in various geological environments. It is the culmination of the work of many outstanding scientists guiding and mentoring a highly competent and successful mineral exploration team.
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