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Epithermal gold deposits of the circum-Pacific - characteristics, genesis and exploration


Cooke, DR and White, N and Chang, Z and Zhang, L, Epithermal gold deposits of the circum-Pacific - characteristics, genesis and exploration, Extended Abstracts of Gold' 17, 21-23 February 2017, Rotorua, New Zealand, pp. 15-18. ISBN 9781876118013 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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A diversity of epithermal deposit styles can form in convergent margin settings around the Pacific Rim. Some of the resources can be very large (e.g. Lihir, PNG – 57 Moz Au –Newcrest Mining Ltd., 2016; Pascua-Lama, Chile and Argentina – 324.6 Mt @ 1.47 g/t Au, 64.66 g/t Ag, 0.072 % Cu for 15.38 Moz Au, 674.8 Moz Ag, 0.23 Mt Cu – Barrick, 2014), whereas others have spectacular high grades (e.g. Hishikari, Japan – produced ~193 t for 6.2 Moz of gold from 3.9 Mt of ore with an average grade of 49 g/t Au to the end of 2010; El Indio, Chile – 23.2 Mt @ 6.6 g/t Au, 50 g/t Ag, 4% Cu;

Two major classes of epithermal deposits can be recognised readily in the field based on key features such as vein and alteration mineralogy. These are commonly referred to as (1) low and/or intermediate sulfidation, and (2) high sulfidation epithermal deposits (e.g. White and Hedenquist, 1990, 1995; Hedenquist et al., 2000; Cooke and Simmons, 2000; Einaudi et al., 2003; Simmons et al., 2005). These two groupings can be further subdivided based on a variety of features, such as metal tenor, tectonic setting, deposit form, and inferred relationships to porphyry-style mineralisation. Such subdivisions are generally applied inconsistently and, in some cases, illogically.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:epithermal gold, high sulfidation, low sulfidation, circum-Pacific genesis, exploration
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:Cooke, DR (Professor David Cooke)
UTAS Author:White, N (Professor Noel White)
UTAS Author:Zhang, L (Dr Lejun Zhang)
ID Code:122949
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (IH130200004)
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2017-12-06
Last Modified:2018-04-24

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