Metals, Energy and Sustainability

The Story of Doctor Copper and King Coal

  • Barry Golding
  • Suzanne D. Golding

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Barry Golding, Suzanne D. Golding
    Pages 1-20
  3. Barry Golding, Suzanne D. Golding
    Pages 21-35
  4. Barry Golding, Suzanne D. Golding
    Pages 37-155
  5. Barry Golding, Suzanne D. Golding
    Pages 157-185
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 187-196

About this book


This book explains how and where copper and fossil fuels were formed and the likely future for the extraction of copper and coal. The colourful chronology of our efforts to extract metals from minerals and energy from fossil fuels is presented from earliest times until the present day. The difficult concept of human sustainability is examined in the context of continually decreasing real prices of energy and metals. This book integrates the latest findings on our historic use of technology to continually produce cheaper metals even though ore grades have been decreasing. Furthermore, it shows that the rate of technological improvement must increase if metals are to be produced even more cheaply in the future.


Coal Exploitation Copper Exploitation Copper Value Cost of Energy Resource Geology Resource Sustainability Supplies Mineral Resources Sustainability

Authors and affiliations

  • Barry Golding
    • 1
  • Suzanne D. Golding
    • 2
  1. 1.SherwoodAustralia
  2. 2.School of Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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