Mineral deposits in Israel: A contemporary view

Lev V. Eppelbaum*, Youri I. Katz

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For many years, Israel was considered to be an unlikely area for discovering commercially exploitable minerals. Studies only reported phosphorites, which are processed at the Dead Sea Works into plant fertilizer, building materials and chemicals for the cosmetic industry. However, a contemporary look at Israel's rconomic mineral deposits suggests that this view needs substantial revision. This chapter provides an overview of all the economic deposits in Israel and then presents the second author's investigations in more detail. Aside from estimates of the industrial value of these deposits, methods for further probes are provided. Examples of the ways in which decriptions of geological formations, mineralogical analyses and geophysical methods can be applied to estimates of economic value and types of investigations are discussed along with the specific physical-geological profiles of the region. Since water reserves are crucially related to mineral rich deposits, new work around the Sea of Galilee is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIsrael
Subtitle of host publicationSocial, Economic and Political Developments
EditorsAmir Yaári, Elias D. Zahavi
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages41
ISBN (Print)9781621008033
StatePublished - Jan 2012


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