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Exploration targeting in porphyry Cu systems using propylitic mineral chemistry: a case study of the El Teniente deposit, Chile

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Wilkinson, JJ and Baker, MJ and Cooke, DR and Wilkinson, CC and Inglis, S, Exploration targeting in porphyry Cu systems using propylitic mineral chemistry: a case study of the El Teniente deposit, Chile, Proceedings of the 14th SGA Biennial Meeting: Mineral Resources to Discover, 20-23 August 2017, Quebec City, Canada, pp. 1112-1114. ISBN 9782981689801 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Abstract

The mineral chemistry of epidote and chlorite from the propylitic halo at El Teniente, in samples collected at distances up to 6.6 km from the deposit centre, was determined by microprobe and LA-ICP-MS analysis. Results show that both minerals incorporate a range of trace elements in a systematic way that define a much larger footprint to the system than is easily recognised using conventional means. In chlorite, geothermometry temperatures, Ti and V are high proximal and Li, As, Co, Sr, Ca and Y are low proximal (high distal); ratios of these elements define gradients towards ore varying over 3-5 orders of magnitude. In epidote, As defines a broad proximal low and is generally elevated at distances of at least 3 km from the edge of the ore shell. Zn, La, Yb, Y and Zr amongst others appear to define a geochemical shoulder that surrounds the deposit. These patterns are broadly similar to those observed in previous work at Batu Hijau and in the Baguio District suggesting that these minerals behave consistently and can therefore provide useful exploration tools within propylitic "green rocks".

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:porphyry, copper, mineral, chemistry, chlorite, epidote, El Teniente
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Ore Deposit Petrology
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Mineral Exploration
Objective Field:Copper Ore Exploration
Author:Baker, MJ (Dr Michael Baker)
Author:Cooke, DR (Professor David Cooke)
Author:Inglis, S (Mr Shaun Inglis)
ID Code:122939
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2017-12-06
Last Modified:2017-12-07
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