- Occurrence of
one or more minerals in such concentration and form as to make
possible removal and processing for use at profit.
Source: Leet, L. Don. 1982.
Physical Geology, 6th Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
- a. A mass of naturally occurring mineral material; e.g., metal ores or
nonmetallic minerals, usually of economic value, without regard to mode of
origin. Accumulations of coal and petroleum may or may not be included;
usage should be defined in context. Syn: orebody
b. A mineral occurrence of sufficient size and grade that it might, under
favorable circumstances, be considered to have economic potential.
See also: ore;
ore deposit. USGS, 1
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