Ore deposits in an evolving Earth: an introduction

Jenkin, G. R. T., Lusty, P. A. J., McDonald, I., Smith, M. P., Boyce, A. J. and Wilkinson, J. J. (2015) Ore deposits in an evolving Earth: an introduction. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 393(1), pp. 1-8. (doi:10.1144/SP393.14)

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Abstract

Ore deposits form by a variety of natural processes that concentrate elements into a small volume that can be economically mined. Their type, character and abundance reflect the environment in which they formed and thus they preserve key evidence for the evolution of magmatic and tectonic processes, the state of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, and the evolution of life over geological time. This volume presents 13 papers on topical subjects in ore deposit research viewed in the context of Earth evolution. These diverse, yet interlinked, papers cover topics including: controls on the temporal and spatial distribution of ore deposits; the sources of fluid, gold and other components in orogenic gold deposits; the degree of oxygenation in the Neoproterozoic ocean; bacterial immobilization of gold in the semi-arid near-surface environment; and mineral resources for the future, including issues of resource estimation, sustainability of supply and the criticality of certain elements to society.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boyce, Professor Adrian
Authors: Jenkin, G. R. T., Lusty, P. A. J., McDonald, I., Smith, M. P., Boyce, A. J., and Wilkinson, J. J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Publisher:Geological Society
ISSN:0305-8719
ISSN (Online):2041-4927

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