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Element mobility above, below, and on the sides of the Ann Mason Cu-Au-Mo Deposit, Nevada, USA


Ahmed, AD and Cooke, DR and Baker, MJ and Orovan, E, Element mobility above, below, and on the sides of the Ann Mason Cu-Au-Mo Deposit, Nevada, USA, Extended Abstracts of Gold' 17, 21-23 February 2017, Rotorua, New Zealand, pp. 1-5. ISBN 9781876118013 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Element dispersion patterns above and on the sides of porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposits have been studied extensively (e.g. Lowell and Guilbert, 1970; Titley, 1982; Ulrich and Heinrich, 2002; Jago et al., 2014; Halley et al., 2015). Fewer studies have investigated dispersion patterns below porphyry deposits, from the deep parts of the parent magma chamber to the mineralised zone. The Yerington district, Nevada (Fig. 1) provides a unique opportunity to study changes in mineral chemistry with lateral and vertical distance from the centre of a porphyry deposit (Ann Mason) down to nearly 5 km paleodepth. During the Early Miocene (~17 Ma), largescale crustal extension resulted in the tilting of major fault blocks 60 90 to the west, exposing vertical cross-sections through several porphyry deposits in the district (Proffett, 1977; Proffett and Dilles, 1984). Rocks that were originally located at 4 km depth within the Ann Mason deposit are now exposed at surface and tilted on their side. This allows for systematic changes in whole rock chemistry around the deposit to be mapped using surface sampling methods, supplemented by drillcore sampling under Tertiary cover.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:porphyry, propylitic, element mobility
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Resource geoscience
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Mineral exploration
Objective Field:Precious (noble) metal ore exploration
UTAS Author:Ahmed, AD (Ms Ayesha Ahmed)
UTAS Author:Cooke, DR (Professor David Cooke)
UTAS Author:Baker, MJ (Dr Michael Baker)
UTAS Author:Orovan, E (Mr Evan Orovan)
ID Code:114921
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2017-03-02
Last Modified:2018-04-23

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