Washington, DC: United States Geological Survey/USGS/Government Printing Office/GPO, 1973. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Item #45737
The book attempts to provide answers to three basic questions about each mineral commodity: 1] How important is it to our present industrial civilization and standard of living? 2] How much of it do we have and to what exent is it economically and technologically available? and 3] How and where can we find more? 722 pages presenting 68 papers on various elements and minerals such as tungsten, rare earth elements, peat, copper, gem stones, etc. Numerous references. Bound in original tan cloth lettered in brown. Stamp of geologist William B. Beatty on the front paste-down endpaper. A near fine copy.