The Tendencies of the Development of the Mineral-Resources Sector at the Turn of the Century

Research paper by A. L. Dergachev, V. I. Starostin

Indexed on: 10 Jun '18Published on: 01 Mar '18Published in: Moscow University Geology Bulletin


Important tendencies in development of the world mineral-resources sector at the beginning of the 21st century were an increase in production and consumption of mineral materials differentiated by types of metals and nonmetallic mineral raw materials, by countries and regions, as well as the concentration of the production of mineral raw materials in a small number of countries, and a reduction in industrial reserves of minerals in the world economy, even at the current stage of their extraction. These tendencies should be taken into account in working out a strategy for development of the Russian mineral raw-material base.