Rainer Kündig: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Dr. Rainer Kündig
DepartmentEarth Sciences

651-4026-00LApplied Mineralogy and Non-Metallic Resources II3 credits2GR. Kündig, B. Grobéty
AbstractGeological and mineralogical aspects to important non-metallic mineral ressources. Industrial use of specific mineral ressources as well as economic, strategic and environmental aspects are discussed. Examples from all over the world with a specific focus on the non-mineral mineral ressources potential in Switzerland.
ObjectiveStudents will learn to understand the use of non-metallic mineral ressources from a geological and mineralogical point of view as well as from industrial, technical and strategical (political) point of view. Environmental aspects on the worldwide use of non-metallic mineral ressources are discussed. A special focus will be given on the situation in Switzerland.
ContentTeaching, case-studies and excursions (e.g. raw-material industry).

Course "Applied mineralogy and non-metallic ressources I" (autumn semester):
Non-metallic ressources. Occurrences, geology, extraction, properties, fabrication and use. Industrial aspects, (new) technologies, market, stock, situation, reserves & ressources, trends and developpment, environmental aspects, law.

Chapters: e.g. coal/carbon (coal, graphite, diamond, fulleren); oil/gas (oil- and tarsands, oil-shists); phosphates/nitrates; aluminum (bauxite, corundum); salt; carbonates; titanium; clay and clay minerals; sulphur; gypsum/anhydrite; fluorite; asbestos; talc; micas; rare earth elements.

Course "Applied mineralogy and non-metallic ressources II" (fall semester):
Stone and earth industry (gravel, sand, crushed stones, stones), natural stone, building stone, cement, cement-industry. Case studies in applied mineralogy.

Chapters: e.g. Stone industry - technical aspects of building stones, properties, weathering, treatment, quarries, products. Crushed stones - quarries, products, planning, environment. Gravel an sand - ressources/reserves, environment (protection/law), alternative products (substitution). Cement and concrete (geological ressources, prospection, fabrication, environment).
Lecture notesWill be given according to the lessons. Partially integration of e-learning tools.
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Specifications & Prices. Industrial Mineral Information, London 412 S., ISBN 1-904333-04-4
- Schweizerische Geotechnische Kommission (1996): Die mineralischen Rohstoffe der
Schweiz.- Herausgegeben von der Schw. Geotech. Komm., Zürich, 522 S., ISBN 3-907997-00-X
- Geotechnische Karte der Schweiz 1:200 000, 2. Aufl. Schweiz. Geotechn. Komm.
- Trueb, L.F. (1996): Die chemischen Elemente - Ein Streifzug durch das Periodensystem. S. Hirzel Verlag, Stuttgart, 416 S., ISBN 3-7776-0674-X
- Kesler, S. E. (1994): Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment.-
Macmillan College Publishing Company, Inc., New York., 392 S., ISBN 0-02-362842-1