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Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit

Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit

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U.S. Department of the InteriorU.S. Geological Survey
The Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit—A Teacher’s Guide for Hands-On MineralEducation Activities
General Information Product 17
General Information Product 17
U.S. Department of the InteriorU.S. Geological Survey
The Life Cycle of a Mineral Deposit—A Teacher’s Guidefor Hands-On Mineral Education Activities
By Dave Frank, John Galloway, and Ken Assmus
U.S. Department of the Interior
Gale A. Norton, Secretary
U.S. Geological Survey
P. Patrick Leahy , Acting Director
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia: 2005
For sale by U.S. Geological Survey Information ServicesBox 25286, Denver Federal CenterDenver, CO 80225This report and any updates to it are available online at:http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/2005/17/For additional information write to:U.S. Geological SurveyBox 25046, Mail Stop 421, Denver Federal CenterDenver, CO 80225-0046Additional USGS publications can be found at:http://geology.usgs.gov/products.htmlFor more information about the USGS and its products:Telephone: 1–888–ASK–USGS (1–888–275–8747)World Wide Web:http://www.usgs.gov/Any use of trade, product, or firm names in this publication is for descriptive purposes only and does not implyendorsement of the U.S. Government.Although this report is in the public domain, it contains copyrighted materials that are noted in the text. Permissionto reproduce those items must be secured from the individual copyright owners.
Cataloging-in-publication data are on file with the Library of Congress (URLhttp://www.loc.gov/).
Produced in the Western Region, Menlo Park, CaliforniaManuscript approved for publication,Text edited by James W. Hendley IILayout and design by Judy Weathers and Susan MayfieldCover. A thin slice of an igneous rock viewed under a polarizing microscope. The colors and textures can be used toidentify minerals and the rock type. This rock is from South Africa and contains economically important deposits of Plati-num Group Elements (PGE). Similar rock types are used as decorative facing for buildings and also for countertops.

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