The Indian Ocean Nodule Field - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128054741

The Indian Ocean Nodule Field

2nd Edition

Geology and Resource Potential

Authors: Ranadhir Mukhopadhyay Anil Kumar Ghosh Sridhar Iyer
Paperback ISBN: 9780128054741
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st December 2017
Page Count: 428
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Description

The Indian Ocean Nodule Field: Geology and Resource Potential, Second Edition, provides a view of the most recent studies along with classical theories starting from the 1960s. New concepts, hypotheses and critical appreciation of the state-of-the-art knowledge on nodule formation and resource management are featured in this new edition.

The economy of the Indian Ocean has vast potential and yet it is one of the least studied oceans. Garnering economic advantage out of mineral resources from deep oceans has been a long cherished dream for the mining community. The availability of 5-metal rich polymetallic (manganese) nodules in specific areas of the Indian Ocean has lured researchers to discover more about their processes of formation, growth, distribution and enrichment.

Key Features

  • Collates, discusses and succinctly presents voluminous and scattered information from various books and journals for easy understanding and dissemination
  • Features two new chapters: statistical modeling of the formation, growth, distribution and metal enrichment of nodules; and biogeochemistry of the Central Indian Ocean Basin
  • Includes an assessment of Indian Ocean nodules, one of the least studied oceans in comparison to samples analyzed from the world’s oceans

Readership

Geologists, Geochemists, Economic geologists, Marine geologists, Geomorphologists, Geographers, Mineralogists, and Mining industry

Table of Contents

1. FERROMANGANESE DEPOSITS
Nodule research through the Ages
Nodules in various environment
Nodule in World Ocean 
Nodule in other Water Bodies
2. THE INDIAN OCEAN NODULE FIELD
Physiography and Geology 
Physics (currents, waves) and Chemistry 
Evolution of the Indian Ocean Nodule Field
3. TECTONICS AND GEOMORPHOLOGY
Ridge-Normal Lineaments 
Ridge Parallel Lineation and Anomalies 
Seamounts
4. BASIN VOLCANICS
Major Volcanics  
Minor Volcanics 
Hydrothermal Input
Alteration of Volcanics
Tectonics and Volcanics: Interrelations
5. SEDIMENTS
Distribution and Source 
Sedimentary Processes
Biological Organisms- Mega to Micro
6. FERROMANGANESE DEPOSITS - Characteristics 
Distribution, Morphology, Internal constitution, 
Mineralogy, Chemical composition, Growth rate
Ferromanganese Encrustation 
Palaeoceanography
7. FERROMANGANESE DEPOSITS - Genesis
Factors Influencing Nodule Formation 
Water-Sediment-Nodule-Biota interplay
 Modelling formation, growth and enrichment
8. RESOURCE ASSESSMENT
Resource Identification 
Mining Technology 
Environmental Impact Assessment 
Metal Extraction and Processing
9. DIMENSIONS AND PERSPECTIVES
Law of the Sea
Global Scenario (nodule resources in areas claimed by other countries)
Economics of Ferromanganese Deposits
Scope for Future Investigations

Details

No. of pages:
428
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier 2018
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier
Paperback ISBN:
9780128054741

About the Author

Ranadhir Mukhopadhyay

Ph.D. Marine Geology- Manganese Nodules (Calcutta University), 1988 M.Sc. Geology (Calcutta University), 1979 B.Sc. Geology (Honours), (Burdwan University), 1977, Ranadhir Mukhopadhyay specializes in marine minerals exploration; geodynamics of continental margin, and coastal ecosystem management. In addition to writing the first edition of The Indian Ocean Nodule Field, he has written a book on the mineral wealth of the ocean, has edited another book, and has published more than three dozen research papers in top-ranking journals. Former Director of Mauritius Oceanography Institute, Dr. Mukhopadhyay is also credited with the formation of InRidge- India’s mid ocean ridge research initiative. He is a specialist in the field of formation and growth of manganese nodules, and contributed considerably in post-Cretaceous continental margin research

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Scientists, CSIR, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India

Anil Kumar Ghosh

Anil K. Ghosh, Professor-emeritus, is an eminent academician in the field of mineral resources at University of Calcutta. He has guided many doctoral and post-doctoral projects, and published about fifty research papers in SCI journals. He has researched on Indian and Pacific Ocean nodules in great details utilizing close collaboration with other institutions. He is a co-author of the Elsevier's book on Indian Ocean nodules, and is the senior author of another book on underwater minerals. Prof Ghosh has also edited a book on land based resources, and was the guest-editor of a special volume of a reputed journal. Recently, he has taken the pioneering initiative to declare ‘charnockite’ as the National Rock of India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India

Sridhar Iyer

Sridhar D Iyer has investigated the volcanics and morphotectonics of the mid-ocean ridges and seamounts. The study provided better understanding about the geomorphology of the Central Indian Ocean Basin (CIOB) and the characteristics and origin of the volcanics and their relationship with the ferromanganese deposits. He is presently working on the challenging aspects of coastal mineral resources. He has received the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’s (New Delhi, India) Young Scientist Award (1994) and the CSIR Raman Research Fellowship (1996). He has more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed and reputed journals and has also co-authored a book on the ferromanganese deposits of the CIOB.

Affiliations and Expertise

CSIR, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India