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7. Gold! Gold! How and Where to Prospect
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1. Acidic Mining Lakes : Acid Mine Drainage, Limnology and Reclamation (Environmental Science)
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Asin: 354063486X
Catlog: Book (2002-09-18)
Publisher: Springer
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Acidification is a universal problem at all mining sites in which oxygenated water comes in contact with sulfide minerals or other reduced sulfur compounds. An International Workshop was held in September 1995 at the Department for Inland Water Research of the UFZ-Centre for Environmental Research in Magdeburg on the limnology of lakes created by open-cast lignite mining, emphasizing the often observed geogenic acidification after oxidation of pyrite. The volume has 25 chapters including a chapter with results of group discussions about the topics mentioned above and further problems that were identified during the meeting. The monograph gives a baseline of the state of science on the worldwide problem of geogenic acidification of lakes following human mining activities. ... Read more


2. Applied Geophysics
by W. M. Telford, L. P. Geldart, R. E. Sheriff
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Asin: 0521339383
Catlog: Book (1990-10-26)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Completely revised and updated, this new edition of the popular and highly regarded textbook, Applied Geophysics, describes the physical methods involved in exploration for hydrocarbons and minerals.These tools include gravity, magnetic, seismic, electrical, electromagnetic, and radioactivity studies.All aspects of these methods are described, including theoretical considerations, data acquisition, and data processing and interpretation, with the objective of locating concentrations of natural resources and defining their extent. In the past fourteen years or so since the writing ofApplied Geophysics, there have been many changes in the field of exploration geophysics. The authors give full treatment to changes in this field, which include improved techniques for calculating gravity fields, the use of proton-precession and optically-pumped magnetometers, improved quality of seismic data, magnetotelluric as a practical exploration method, new electromagnetic exploration methods, the use of gamma-ray spectrometers in radioactive exploration, and improved well-logging techniques. The intent is to be practical, and thus many actual examples and problems are given.Moreover, wherever possible in this edition the authors adopt the use of Système Internationale (SI) units, which were not in standared use at the time of the first edition.The reader needs only a general background knowledge of geology, physics, and mathematics.Most of the math can be skipped by those interested only in the results. Advanced mathematical concepts are explained in the appendix. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ONE IN A MILLION
I first came across Telford during my Postgraduate days in Nigeria. It's has been my second bible ever since. It's a classical book in Applied Geophysics. It has no rival. I would encourage geophysicists world-wide to have a second look at the book, especially, professionals, postgraduate and undergraduate students. It's complete with modern references in Applied Geophysics. ... Read more


3. Electromagnetic Soundings
by A. A. Kaufman, P. Hoekstra
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Asin: 0444500944
Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Elsevier Science Pub Co
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Hardbound. Providing the latest developments in the application of electromagnetic methods, this title is a revised edition of the book "Frequency and Transient Soundings" by A.A. Kaufman and G.V. Keller published in 1983.

In this volume the physical principles, theory and interpretation of electromagnetic soundings and profiling are developed and explained.The authors systematically derive the relationships between components of electromagnetic fields measured, transmitter-receiver separations and frequency spectrum on the one hand, and parameters of geoelectric sections on the other hand.

In addition you will find case histories illustrating the applications of modern instruments for electromagnetic soundings and profiling in agricultural and geotechnical engineering, environmental site assessments and ground water investigations. ... Read more


4. Gas Well Deliquification: Solutions to Gas Well Liquid Loading Problems
by James Lea, Henry Nickens, Michael Wells, James F. Lea, Henry V. Nickens
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Asin: 0750677244
Catlog: Book (2003-07)
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
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No other book on the market offers such a turnkey solution to the problem of liquid interference in gas wells. Gas Well Deliquification contains not only descriptions of the various methods of de-watering gas wells, but also compares the various methods with a view toward explaining the suitability of each under particular circumstances. The material is presented as practical information that can be immediately applied, rather than a theoretical treatment. And, includes useful historical methods, but focuses on the latest techniques for de-watering gas wells.

*Only book on market to offer a turnkey solution to the problem of liquid interference in gas wells

*Contains descriptions of the various methods of de-watering gas wells, as well as comparing the various methods with a view to explaining the suitability of each under particular circumstances

*Introduces material as practical information that can be immediately applied, rather than a theoretical treatment.
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5. Reservoir Engineering Handbook
by Tarek H. Ahmed
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Asin: 0884157709
Catlog: Book (2001-12-14)
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
Sales Rank: 817272
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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The job of any reservoir engineer is to maximize production from a field to obtain the best economic return.To do this, the engineer must study the behavior and characteristics of a petroleum reservoir to determine the course of future development and production that will maximize the profit.Fluid flow, rock properties, water and gas coning, and relative permeability are only a few of the concepts that a reservoir engineer must understand to do the job right, and some of the tools of the trade are water influx calculations, lab tests of reservoir fluids, and oil and gas performance calculations.

Two new chapters have been added to the first edition to make this book a complete resource for students and professionals in the petroleum industry: Principles of Waterflooding, Vapor-Liquid Phase Equilibria.

Covers reservoir fluid behavior and properties, including laboratory analysis and reservoir fluid flow

Provides a guide to predicting oil reservoir performance through analysis of oil recovery mechanisms and performance calculations

Explains the fundamentals of reservoir engineering and their practical application through a comprehensive field study
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3-0 out of 5 stars Old reservoir engineering
I have read the book and found that it basically covers the state of the art of "classical" reservoir engineering of about the 60's or 70's, with some material taken from papers published in the 80's and 90's. It is outdated to a great extent.

The virtue of this book is that it reviews a wide range of topics like MBEs, IPRs, basic reservoir fluid properties, etc. Good for undergrads taking courses in reservoir engineering.

The statements at the back side of the cover (second edition) are misleading. This book does not contain "all of the information and insight a reservoir engineer must have to do the job right", nor is it "the complete resource for students and professionals in the petroleum industry". This book is only at the introductory level and there are many other books like Dake and Craft & Hawkins which cover almost the same topics with more detail.

If it is an extensive reference book what you are looking for, I would rather recommend the Petroleum Engineering Handbook. It is more comprehensive and can cost you about the same price or less (if you are an SPE member).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book to find all basic topics on reservoir engineering
I've seen that all topics on reservoir engineering have been covered in sufficient detail and very systematically. I strongly reccommed the book to those looking for a starting book on reservoir engineering and to those who, after a while, got lost among SPE papers and specialized books to come back to the backbone of the issue.

5-0 out of 5 stars All the Fundamentals Are Covered
This book is comprehensive and great for practical application. Has a guide for predicting oil reservoir performance from analysis of oil recovery mechanisms and performance calculations. ... Read more


6. Recreational Gold Prospecting for Fun & Profit
by Gail Butler, Paul D. Morrison
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Asin: 0935182985
Catlog: Book (1998-05-01)
Publisher: Gem Guides Book Co
Sales Rank: 148042
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Knowing where to look for gold is a well-kept secret-and a fun, exciting escape from our hectic daily lives.This entertaining, well-written book is for those who have ever thought about looking for gold as a hobby.If you're just starting out in gold prospecting, this is the book for you.Here are straightforward and complete answers to all of your questions about where to go, what to bring, what to do when you get there, and also when you get back home with your new-found gold.The author's vast experience in outdoor recreation and "user-friendly" writing style will help you get ready to enjoy a great family activity that's loaded with fun and profit!Complete with text describing the basic geology properties of gold. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Profit is too large a word
I've never broken even over many years of prospecting and searching for the Lost Adams Diggings. But I wouldn't trade a moment of it. This book will help the reader by giving an excuse to go into the wilderness. The first time you look into the bottom of a pan and see glitter will be a moment you'll remember the remainder of your life. Buy it and do it!

4-0 out of 5 stars She Makes It Fun
I thoroughly enjoyed Gail Butler's book. Sometimes I felt as if I was there with here. Its an easy read and very instructional. It makes me want to go to California or Arizona and start digging, panning and nugget detecting. If you have only been coin shooting and want to know what it is like to prospect and detect for gold this book is a great one. Read it. ... Read more


7. Gold! Gold! How and Where to Prospect for Gold
by J.F. Petralia
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Asin: 0960589007
Catlog: Book (1996-01-01)
Publisher: Sierra Trading Post
Sales Rank: 156655
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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" An unusually attractive handbook that introduces would-be gold prospecting hobbyists to a bit of gold fever history, basic information on types of deposits, and guidelines on looking for gold in stream bed's and in quartz veins.The author writes informally and engagingly on various techniques of prospecting...a sound buy."--The American Library Association Booklist ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and informative!
Don't be fooled by the reviewer who (inadvertently?) gave this book zero stars. It is packed with great entry-level information on gold prospecting. Bravo Mr. Petralia!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good beginning Gold Panning Book
The real gem of this book for the amatuer Gold Panner/Sluicer is how to "read" a river to pick the best place to start working instead of wasting fruitless months like I did panning in the wrong places and finding lots of black sand, but no "color."

Other than that, the book is mainly a historical narrative of the Gold Rush in California with a brief introduction on one of the techniques for using a gold pan. ... Read more


8. Mineral Processing Plant Design, Practice, and Control
by Practice, and Control Conference Mineral Processing Plant Design, Doug N. Halbe, Derek J. Barratt, Andrew L. Mular, D. N. Halbe, Metallurgy, and Exploration Society for Mining
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Society for Mining Metallurgy & Exploration I
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This 2 volume set is an up-to-date reference based on 138proceedings papers from the October 2002, Mineral Processing Plant Design, Control and Practice Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was the first conference to comprehensively address plant design and operational issues in more than a decade.This indispensable resource covers all aspects of plant design—from concept to pilot plant to full-scale production. Valuable guidance is provided on overall project management,and on the design, optimization, and control of all related processes. This will become the new standard text for university instruction and a valuable guidebook for operators considering new construction, renovations, or expansions. Most of all, it's a practical, quick reference for engineers, consultants, suppliers, manufacturers, or anyone involved in the design or operation of a minerals processing plant. ... Read more


9. Petroleum Production Systems (Prentice Hall Petroleum Engineering Series)
by Michael J. Economides, A. Daniel Hill, Christine Ehlig-Economides
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Catlog: Book (1993-12-08)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Sales Rank: 358859
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Written by petroleum production engineers with extensive industrial as well as teaching experience, this is the only available advanced and comprehensive engineering textbook for petroleum reservoir and production engineering.Provides extensive coverage of well deliverability from oil, gas and two-phase reservoirs, wellbore flow performance, modern well test and production log analysis, matrix stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, artificial lift and environmental concerns.For advanced undergraduate and graduate students in petroleum engineering schools or professional courses, as well as for practicing petroleum engineers and technicians. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
The book is unpractical for the working engineer and the mathematics is simplified calculus which is not understandable to the average practicing engineer, but seems to be in favor of academic types. This is not a book for someone who wants to learn why production equipment works. The chapter on multiphase flow is its only saving grace, but any cheap paper on the subject will say as much. I would recomened the OGCI books on Production Technology. Way cheaper...way better...

4-0 out of 5 stars Usefull Reference Book for Petroleum Engineers
This is a comprehensive and relatively advanced book in petroleum production engineering. It helps to understand important parameters that control the performance of the production system. This book explains complex concepts of engineering very easy. Last, it has been written by experienced professionals world wide well recognized in the oil industry. ... Read more


10. Field Geophysics(Geological Field Guide)
by JohnMilsom
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Asin: 0470843470
Catlog: Book (2003-05-09)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 304106
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since publication of the 2nd edition, there have been considerable advances in instrumentation, and far-reaching developments in applications for small-scale geophysical surveys. Much more can now be done in the field by way of processing and data display, and even interpretation.

Covering applications in mineral exploration, engineering/environmental studies, hydrogeology and archaeology, this book puts emphasis on practical applications and the common problems and pitfalls. Simple interpretation methods are discussed with particular emphasis on preliminary interpretations as important elements in field quality control.

Field Geophysics Third Edition has been revised and updated for the modern world but keeps its popular handy pocket size for use in the field. This edition includes:

  • New sections on the use of hand-held GPS receivers, capacitatively-coupled resistivity methods and Controlled Source Audiomagnetotellurics (CSAMT)
  • Specific guidance in the use of common field instruments, including possible problems and how to avoid them
  • Expanded treatments of transient electromagnetics, and the advantages and pitfalls of the use of dataloggers and automatic reading in the field

Field Geophysics Third Edition provides practical information and assistance to anyone engaged in small-scale geophysical surveys on the ground. Geophysics students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, employees in geophysical and engineering consultancies, geophysicists and geologists in government surveys and mining companies, field archaeologists and hydrogeologists will all find this book useful. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A very pratical guide...
John thinks of every eventuality in the field, and especially recommends a very natty rubber mac - I can just see him in it! This book covers every geophysical field technique useful for four or less people (which does NOT include remote sensing, as the person above seems not to recognise). It is written in the same dry, and sometimes faintly sarcastic vein, that anyone who knows him will recognise.

4-0 out of 5 stars Field Geophysics
This book covers almost all of the current geophysics topics. It gives a sometimes too brief description of the equipment. Reviews the theory and discusses field operations with many helpful hint to stay out of trouble. The book does not cover remote sensing or the metal detector which too many geologists have written off as mearly a hobby ... Read more


11. Pierre Gy's Sampling Theory and Sampling Practice, Second Edition
by Francis F. Pitard
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Catlog: Book (1993-08-03)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Pierre Gy's Sampling Theory and Sampling Practice, Second Edition is a concise, step-by-step guide for process variability management and methods. Updated and expanded, this new edition provides a comprehensive study of heterogeneity, covering the basic principles of sampling theory and its various applications. It presents many practical examples to allow readers to select appropriate sampling protocols and assess the validity of sampling protocols from others. The variability of dynamic process streams using variography is discussed to help bridge sampling theory with statistical process control. Many descriptions of good sampling devices, as well as descriptions of poor ones, are featured to educate readers on what to look for when purchasing sampling systems. The book uses its accessible, tutorial style to focus on professional selection and use of methods. The book will be a valuable guide for mineral processing engineers; metallurgists; geologists; miners; chemists; environmental scientists; and practitioners in chemical, cement, steel, power generation, high performance materials, recycling, cereal, and pharmaceutical industries. ... Read more


12. Composition and Properties of Drilling and Completion Fluids
by H.C.H. Darley, George R. Gray
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Catlog: Book (1988-03-22)
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Composition and Properties of Drilling and Completion Fluids, Fifth Edition, covers the fundamental principles of geology, chemistry, and physics that provide the scientific basis for drilling fluids technology.


New material for drilling, logging, and production supervisors and engineers exlains how the choice of a drilling fluid and proper maintenance can profoundly reduce total well costs.It also defines technical terms necessary to the understanding of instructions and information provided by the mud engineer.Updated chapters discuss evaluation of drilling fluid performance, clay mineralogy and colloid chemistry, rheology, filtration properties, hole stability, drilling problems, and completion fluids.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Industry Standard
Though this book is little dated, the theory and principles are still applicable to today. Some of the techniques and practices have been updated to meet today's enviromental standards. This book is the "bible" for mud engineer's and chemist designing drilling fluids for the oil industry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Completion, Workover
Drilling fluid for completion at low density or emulsifie ... Read more


13. Mineral Biotechnology: Microbial Aspects of Mineral Beneficiation, Metal Extraction, and Environmental Control
by S. Komar Kawatra, K. A. Natarajan
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
Publisher: Soc for Mining Metallurgy and
Sales Rank: 1813494
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars From IJSM Vol 15, No 4 December 2001
This new millennium belongs to biotechnology. Rapid progress is being made in minerals processing based on biological principles. Microorganisms can play a beneficial role in all facets of minerals processing, from mining to waste disposal and management. Biohydrometallurgical extraction of metals from a wide variety of ores is being commercially practiced all over the world and especially in Canada, the United States, Russia, South America, Australia, and Europe. The interactions among biotechnology, metals, and minerals are relevant to a number of emerging in interdisciplinary areas such as biogenesis and biomineralization, biomaterials processing and biomimetics, ceramics and biomedical engineering, biomineral beneficiation, bioleaching, biocorrosion, biofouling, biodeterioration, and bioenvironmental control. This book contains 18 articles divvied into four main sections titled Biobeneficiation; Bioleaching; Bioremediation; and Biominerilaztion. Written by industry experts, the book provides the technical knowledge necessary to complete in this arena by presenting specific detailed technologies and real-world case studies. ... Read more


14. Geological Well Logs: Their Use in Reservoir Modeling
by Stefan M. Luthi
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
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15. Mining Economics and Strategy
by Ian Runge
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Soc for Mining Metallurgy and
Sales Rank: 835309
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Economic skill is an essential partner to technical skill in every step of the mining process. An economic "mindset" begins before the first drill hole. This new book will help you effectively direct mining operations through the use of innovative economic strategies.

The text covers what is meant by a cost-effective mining scheme, the economics of information, and the procedures for rational evaluation of uncertain projects. It defines "ore" from an economic perspective and covers the influence of scheduling on ore reserves.

Discounted cash flow techniques, the most widely used evaluation technique for investment decision making, is covered in detail. The assumption of the use of spreadsheets is unique to this book. The application of DCF techniques in an operating mine environment is given expanded coverage and examples are drawn from real-life studies.

The differences between economic decision-making--a forward-looking task--and the reporting of results via accounting methods--a backward-looking activity are reviewed. Capital and decision-making procedures associated with capital investments in a risk environment are given extensive coverage. Case studies for capital investment in an operating mine are included. Comprehensive examples investigate "value" from a risk-reduction perspective and from an "expected return on investment" perspective.

This book offers solutions to the problem that many mining projects fail to achieve expectations because of their inability to adapt to change. A new technique is explained that allows calculation of capital that is "at risk" from capital that is not at risk. This promises significant advances in the way that investments are made and capital is valued in the industry.

The book concludes with a brief review of the historical setting and knowledge difficulties in any mining-related investment, and how these issues might also influence the success of investments in the future. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Concise, Comprehensive and Understandable
If you're unfamiliar with economics in general, but are in the mining industry, I would recommend this book to you. Not only is Mining Economics and Strategy easy to understand, it incorporates helpful examples, methods and programs to support the text.

The book is not limited to mining engineers either. Examples and all information can be understood and utilised in all economical situations - i.e. anywhere money is involved.

As a mineral processing engineer this book was recommended by a mining engineer and I was pleasantly suprised with the detail and presentation of the book ... Read more


16. Last Man Out: The Story of the Springhill Mine Disaster
by Melissa Fay Greene
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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On October 23, 1958, gases from deep within the earth shot skyward, causing entire floors of rock to rise instantly in a coal mine in Springhill, Nova Scotia, trapping 174 men underground. Seventy-five miners never made it out alive. Miraculously, two small groups of miners survived the initial "bump" but were sealed in small caverns deep within the coal. Surrounded by foul air and total darkness, and with precious little food and water, the men vacillated between optimism and hopelessness as they tried to maintain sanity amidst horrific conditions. Above them, fellow miners and rescue workers dug desperately to get them out, clinging to the unwritten Miner's Code that no man shall be left behind. After a week of digging and with hope all but exhausted, they found one group of a dozen miners; a day later seven more men were discovered. Melissa Fay Greene describes this harrowing ordeal in sharp detail, effectively capturing the drama of the event for both the miners trapped below and their distraught families waiting above.

Placing the event into a larger context, Greene describes how it became the first nationally televised disaster, as journalists from all over Canada and the U.S. converged on the small town and camped at the entrance of the mine. After their rescue, the men were the center of media attention, and some of them became instant celebrities (one was chosen as Canada's "Citizen of the Year"; another became a spokesman for 7-Up soda). She also details the bizarre episode in which an assistant to the governor of Georgia tried to spin the disaster into a marketing gimmick to promote tourism. To the segregationist governor's chagrin, one of the rescued miners turned out to be black, presenting him with a potential public relations nightmare. Though her use of fictionalized dialogue between the miners is sometimes distracting, Greene's extensive research brings this remarkable story to life, making Last Man Out an absorbing re-creation of a forgotten episode. --Shawn Carkonen ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Haunting & Insightful True Story of Tragedy & Survival
This wonderful book tells the story of a Nova Scotia coal mine disaster in 1958 and its rather unique aftermath. Melissa Fay Greene weaves a series of small personal stories into a haunting and evocative narrative: one of the best "disaster" books I have ever read. The resiliency of the survivors, when juxtaposed with the unusual events which followed, including the bizarre intervention of the racist Governor of Georgia, really gives this account a special perspective on history and the human condition.

I found it fascinating that the author, from Georgia, became involved in the saga of the Springhill miners from the back end of the story, as it were. The Georgia connection adds a remarkable coda to the miners' ordeal, but if she had just told that, it would not have resonated as effectively as the book does. She took the time to trace the story to its beginning and to tell it all. For that I am grateful. I learned far more than I had ever known before, and I was drawn in by her skill with narrative and her genuine understanding of/empathy for those involved.

This insightful book is definitely a worthwhile experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars BRINGS YOU TO TEARS
In the year 1958, the Springhill Mine Disaster occurred in Nova Scotia, where men were trapped and plunged into darkness below sea level with little hope of escape or ever seeing their families again.

As you reach further into the book you become distraught and filled with anxiety one time and then hope at another interval.. For from day to day the picture changed and one was never sure how the trapped miners were going to have the strength to persevere.

They were challenged beyond what I thought humankind could endure, and then again it is at those weakest moments when we do find that strength, and do the impossible.......like jumping fences too high for us........cutting off our legs if they hurt too badly, those kind of things.

This book is true story and not to be taken for lightly or for granted. I would give this book five golden stars......and then Ms. Melissa Fay Greene for her wonderful courage in writing this great book.

Heather (nettle-girl)

5-0 out of 5 stars A whole lot more that a survival story!
The basic facts of this book's content - the event surrounding the Spring Hill Mine rescue have been covered in other reviews and I will not waste time rehashing them yet again. Instead I would like to focus upon the less obvious gems within this book that in my opinion transend the amzing story of survival.

Melissa Green takes the reader on a journey not just into a coal mine, but into life in this working class town in 1958. The families, the marriages and the race relations all form a familiar image for those who like myself lived in or near the same time frame(in my case as a child) except that this book provided me an understanding of my parent's world. While my father wasn't a miner or ever a manual laborer nevertheless the men of the mine matched up with faces and families of those I grew up with in a world long lost to history. Of solid men who took care of their families, saved, and yet know how to have fun.

Beyond that personal appeal the medium of the story takes us with the trapped men and allows us to expereince their empotions. Somehow inspite of the fact we know it is coming the disaster seems as fresh and unexpected as it was to the men who also knew that some day there would be the "big one" and prayed they wouldn't be inside when it happened.

The aftermath leaves the reader choking on coal dust and shaken by the sight of crushed men whom they have just gotten to know. Unlike some writers the author doesn't pretty it up and the all the horror and mental trauma of the men is ours to share. We also share through the men's thoughts, thoughts of children and the future they now realize they will never see, thoughts of wives whom they will never hold and the constant and never ending question of what will it be like when death comes? Like so many of us who take life's little pleasures for granted, this disaster brings into focus for these trapped and dying men the value of those things and people they took for granted.

Lie in the coal black mine on a bed of broken rock while thirst unlike anything you have ever known treatens to drive you out of your mind. Realize your pants can't stay up because you've lost so much weight and understand that you can't last, can't live much longer. Then return to thoughts of your parched throat that feels as if it is filled with a splintery wooden stake that keeps "being twisted and twisted."

A harrowing and personal experience. Well done! Well done indeed!

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - written as "soap opera non-fiction"
There seems to be a new writing style out there that is a cross between fiction and non-fiction (not faction), so let's call this style "soap opera non-fiction". That's where an author takes a historical event, and trys to write it like a "soap opera". The last two books I've bought have done this. I guess the object is to make the book appealling to more readers and therefore make more money.

This was a fascinating story that could have been better told if it was written from a documentary or historical perspective. I wanted to learn something, not read a made-for-TV movie.

I still don't know how the Governor of Georgia and his exploits fits in this story? That is a bizzare and dis-jointed side-story. She somehow tried to tie-in perceived racial incidents surrounding this tradgedy.

I was dissappointed in this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Distracting Technique
Author Melissa Fay Greene employes the "non-fiction novel" storytelling technique in the book, "Last Man Out," which in a disaster book always carries the risk of exploiting the agony of the victims for the sake of sensationalism. Greene's use of generalizations to describe what certain individuals were thinking as well as her occasionally overdramatic literary prose mar what is otherwise a very compelling real life story.

The disaster itself hardly needs embellishment. Nineteen coal miners were trapped for days a mile underground when a large section of the Springhill mine in Nova Scotia collapsed in 1958. As the town above fretted and began to give up hope, the men lay entombed, slowly dying. This story is similar to one published last year by Karen Tintori in a book called "Trapped" about the 1909 Cherry Mine fire in Illinois. Tintori's book, however, relies on straight reporting and is thus far superior to this one.

The technique used by Greene is distracting and fails to place the disaster in proper context. The book is interesting primarily because the story is so compelling and because Greene is a very talented writer. When writing about disasters, however, the author has a duty to stay out of the way and let the victims tell their stories. By that measure, "Last Man Out" is a failure. ... Read more


17. Handbook of Applied Advanced Geostatistical Ore Reserve Estimation
by Michel David
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Asin: 0444429182
Catlog: Book (1987-02-01)
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Sales Rank: 1961235
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Hardbound. Some 20 years have elapsed since the publication of the first textbook on theoretical geostatistics and, after hundreds of practical studies, it is worth looking at how geostatistics has evolved to become the practical tool it was intended to be.Although there have been many new developments and dozens of new theoretical tools, the basis of everyday geostatistics - as used in orebody modelling and mine planning - has essentially remained the same.

This book describes the advances made in the last 15 years which have practical applications in ore reserve estimation.In particular, it addresses the problems commonly encountered in the practice of orebody modelling when the data do not conform to the early theoretical models.It offers solutions to problems like irregularly distributed samples of irregular sizes, shows how to get the best possible variogram and how to model it in practice.It addresses the problem of the grade tonnage curve ... Read more


18. Introductory Mining Engineering
by Howard L.Hartman, Jan M.Mutmansky
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Asin: 0471348511
Catlog: Book (2002-08-09)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 553521
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An introductory text and reference on mining engineering highlighting the latest in mining technology
Introductory Mining Engineering outlines the role of the mining engineer throughout the life of a mine, including prospecting for the deposit, determining the site's value, developing the mine, extracting the mineral values, and reclaiming the land afterward. This Second Edition is written with a focus on sustainability-managing land to meet the economic and environmental needs of the present while enhancing its ability to also meet the needs of future generations. Coverage includes aboveground and underground methods of mining for a wide range of substances, including metals, nonmetals, and fuels.
Completely up to date, this book presents the latest information on such technologies as remote sensing, GPS, geophysical surveying, and mineral deposit evaluation, as well as continuous integrated mining operations and autonomous trucks. Also included is new information on landscape restoration, regional planning, wetlands protection, subsidence mitigation, and much more.
New chapters include coverage of:
* Environmental responsibilities
* Regulations
* Health and safety issues
Generously supplemented with more than 200 photographs, drawings, and tables, Introductory Mining Engineering, Second Edition is an indispensable book for mining engineering students and a comprehensive reference for professionals.
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19. Reservoir Formation Damage, Fundamentals, Modeling, Assessment, and Mitigation
by Faruk Civan, Faruk, Ph.D. Civan
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Asin: 0884153010
Catlog: Book (2000-05-31)
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
Sales Rank: 683591
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This comprehensive single source gives you the latest findings and techniques for understanding, assessing, and mitigating reservoir formation damage.It is the only book in the world to draw from the key disciplines of chemistry, engineering, petrophysics, geology, and mathematical modeling to provide state-of-the-art knowledge and valuable insights into formation damage.

The author's expertise in petroleum, chemical, and geological engineering make this book unique because of its broad, thorough coverage.It provides an understanding of the testing, modeling, and simulation techniques available for formation damage assessment.You will discover new strategies designed to minimize and avoid formation damage in petroleum reservoirs.

Reservoir Formation Damage is a concise and practical reference for engineers, scientists, and operators engaged in various aspects of formation damage, including testing, evaluation, diagnosis, prediction, and mitigation.
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20. Exploration Geophysics of the Shallow Subsurface
by Henry Robert Burger, H. Robert Burger, Douglas C. Burger
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Asin: 0132967731
Catlog: Book (1992-01-24)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Sales Rank: 474470
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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This book focuses on the methods and techniques of shallow subsurface geophysical exploration. The book weighs the relative utility of various methods, including seismic methods, refraction seismology, the new technique of reflection seismology, electrical resistivity, and micro-gravity investigations, and details their application to exploration activities at shallow depths. Applications to shallow as well as deep survey are elucidated, compared, and contrasted. Throughtout, the book presents examples, case histories, and computer programs for the Macintosh designed to help the reader gain hands-on experience at shallow target exploration. In addition, spreadsheet templates that support data reduction techniques are included, with instructions on how to access the templates, change cell values, and study the effects. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is how textbooks should be written!
Of the 5 books I own that explain Seismic Refraction principles, Professor Burger is the only one who took the time to walk you thru step-by-step on interpreting a Seismogram. That is the sign of a true teacher and an Author who's not afraid of a little extra effort to help his students practically apply the knowlege. I only wish I lived closer to attend his classes!
I do agree with the others in that an IBM PC version of the diskettes is long overdue, but this book still gets my 5 star rating!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
The book is very detailed. Seismic theory and practice is quite cogent and is the strongest area (about half the book). Strong descriptions are given on; Electrical Resistivity, Gravity, and Magnetics. IP, Spontaineous Potential, Magnetotelluric and Telluric and EM Surveying are barely mentioned. Not mentioned are; VLF, Ground Penetrating Radar, Remote Sensing and Radiometrics. I agree with the previous reviewer that it would be nice to have the Xcel spread sheets in both Mac & PC formats.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is marvelous
Excellent book for upper level undergraduate and graduate students in shallow geophysics. My only wish is that the disks could also be in IBM format and not only Mac format. ... Read more


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