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Geological Society London February Public Lecture - Evening

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The Geological Society

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Close to the edge? Approaching new frontiers for mineral and metal resources

Andrew Bloodworth, British Geological Survey, Science Director for Minerals and Waste

Population growth, urbanisation and technological transitions are creating increasing demand for minerals and metals. These powerful drivers are likely to sustain this growing material demand up to and beyond the middle of the century. Supply from existing mines can only satisfy demand up to a certain point, after which commodity prices will rise and the market will look for new sources of supply. Commodity price increases also drive innovations in science and technology. These innovations will unlock new metal and mineral resources, pushing development toward the frontiers of possibility.

This lecture will explore some of these new resource frontiers and examine the technological, economic, social and environmental factors which may encourage or constrain development. Throughout human history, mining of minerals and metals has always taken place at geographical and technological frontiers, close to the limit of what is possible. Unprecedented material demand has a strong correlation with human-induced environmental change. Are moves toward these new resource frontiers pushing us toward the edge, to the environmental limits of our planet, or do some directions offer the possibility of a more sustainable future?


Evening lecture

17.30 Tea and coffee served in the lower library

18.00 Lecture begins

18.45 Questions and answers

19.00 Lecture ends and there is a short drinks reception in the lower library

20.00 Close

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