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, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 29–42 | Cite as

The role in lateritic nickel mining in Latin American countries with special reference to exmibal in Guatemala

  • Driever Steven L. 
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Abstract

Modern mining operations can result in significant economic development within the developing host countries. Lateritic nickel mining plays a role of varying importance in a number of Latin American countries, depending on natural resource endowments and government policies. Exploraciones y Explotaciones Mineras Izabal, SA (Exmibal) is a large-scale lateritic nickel mining operation that serves as an excellent case study in the analysis of mining-induced economic development at local, regional and national scales. Exmibal's turbulent history demonstrates the need to view mining dynamically and in the context of production and consumption restraints. Guatemala's experience will Exmibal may be generalized most successfully to other Latin American countries that have or may have one large nickel mining complex operated by a transnational enterprise.

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Nickel Economic Development Natural Resource Special Reference Host Country 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Driever Steven L. 
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  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesUniversity of MissouriKansas CityUSA

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