By Dan Oancea

"Tin-tungsten mineralisation at Abu Dabbab has been known since the 1940s but it was not explored until the early 1970s when a joint Soviet-Egyptian team, completed an extensive exploration program. In the early 1990s the project was further explored by a joint venture between the Egyptian Government and Geominera Italiana. Gippsland then followed up this work when it acquired an interest in the project, and has since discovered valuable reserves."

The tin (stannum in Latin) oxide mineral (cassiterite: SnO2) bears a name that might have been derived from the ancient Phoenician word Cassiterid (i.e. Britain and Ireland, the ancient source of tin in Europe), or from the Greek cassiteros.

Hardrock tin deposits occur in greisenized granites. A USGS descriptive greisen model could be found at this link. Indonesia mines placer tin deposits. And they did that in a pretty much unregulated maner therefore creating environmental problems.

Tin is used to coat different metals as to prevent corrosion. It is also used in alloys and solders.

As anything else, tin prices depend on supply and demand and are subject to speculation.

But let's back to IM's review: Read World prospects - Tin