Category Archives: Mineral Resources

New publications from my research group (02/06/14)

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog. The combination of fieldwork, teaching, and just being generally busy, hasn’t provided much time for extra-curricular writing. I’m taking a bit of a departure from previous posts, and just providing an … Continue reading

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Noble Metals, Subcontinental Lithosphere, and Ni-Cu-PGE Deposits

Recent research by Kamenetsky et al. published in Geology provides insight into the nature of the parental magmas potentially responsible for the formation of nickel-copper-platinum group element (Ni-Cu-PGE) deposits in intra-plate environments.  Previous researchers have illustrated the importance of the … Continue reading

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Classic papers in Economic Geology: Campbell and Naldrett (1979) – The Influence of Silicate-Sulfide Ratios on the Geochemistry of Magmatic Sulfides

Magmatic sulfide deposits are critical sources of nickel (Ni), copper (Cu), and platinum group elements (PGE) globally.  These deposits form from the segregation of a sulfide liquid from a silicate liquid, similar to oil separating from water, due to the … Continue reading

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Earthquake-Induced Geochemical Anomalies

A recent review article by Cameron illustrates the importance of earthquakes in the generation of geochemical anomalies above buried mineral deposits.  The paper builds on previous work by Cameron and colleagues (e.g., Cameron et al., 2002; Cameron and Leybourne, 2005; Leybourne … Continue reading

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Recently published: Economic Geology Special Issue on the Pebble Porphyry Cu-Au-Mo Deposit

The May issue of Economic Geology is a special issue on the Pebble Cu-Au-Mo deposit,  located near Iliamna, Alaska, edited by Karen Kelley, James Lang, and Robert Eppinger.  The issue is the culmination of a multi-year, multi-disciplinary collaborative research project between … Continue reading

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Classic papers in Economic Geology: Fallick et al. (2001) – Bacteria were responsible for the magnitude of the world-class hydrothermal base metal base metal sulfide deposit at Navan, Ireland

Irish-type zinc-lead deposits represent a distinctive sub-class of the carbonate-hosted zinc-lead deposit family, having geological features and genetic models that are hybrids between sedimentary exhalative (SEDEX; also known as clastic zinc-lead deposits) and Mississippi Valley-type (MVT) deposits.  They are important … Continue reading

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Sedimentary origin of gold and uranium in the Archean Witwatersrand Supergroup, South Africa

New research by Depiné et al. published in Mineralium Deposita provides critical evidence to the origin of gold and uranium in the Archean Witwatersrand Supergroup in South Africa. The Witwaterstrand Basin in South Africa accounts for 40% of the world’s gold … Continue reading

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The origin of banding in banded iron formations (BIF)

Banded iron formations (BIF) and iron ore are globally important resources of iron that have very distinctive textures.  Well-preserved BIF contain iron-rich bands consisting of iron oxides (e.g., hematite, magnetite), iron silicates (e.g., stilpnomelane), and iron oxyhydroxides (e.g., greenalite), that … Continue reading

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Classic Papers in Economic Geology: Hekinian et al. (1980) – the first description of seafloor massive sulfide deposits

This is my first post in the classic papers series.  I have a passion for volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) deposits, so I thought it would be fun to write a short blog on a classic paper that described and documented … Continue reading

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Bacteria, Oxygen, and Gold!

New research published in Economic Geology by Tomkins provides insight into the importance of atmospheric evolution and bacteria in controlling the distribution of orogenic gold deposits (and resources) during the planet’s history. Orogenic (mesothermal) gold deposits form from gold-bearing fluids that are … Continue reading

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