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Fractal distributions of veins in drill core from the Hellyer VHMS deposit, Australia: constraints on the origin and evolution of the mineralising system

Citation

Monecke, T and Gemmell, JB and Monecke, J, Fractal distributions of veins in drill core from the Hellyer VHMS deposit, Australia: constraints on the origin and evolution of the mineralising system, Mineralium Deposita, 36, (5) pp. 406-415. ISSN 0026-4598 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s001260100161

Abstract

Statistical analysis of the vein thickness distributions of veins in the Cambrian Hellyer volcanic- hosted massive sulfide deposit, Australia, indicates that the vein thickness data conform to power-law distributions characterised by fractal dimensions D. The most intensely mineralised vein type is characterised by a low fractal dimension, whereas weakly mineralised or barren vein types have elevated D-values. The observed differences in the fractal dimensions suggest that the study of vein thickness distributions may provide a tool in exploration. It is also shown that the field observations can be explained by a model linking the fractal dimensions of the vein thickness distributions with the mechanisms responsible for the formation and evolution of the vein systems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Structural Geology
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Other Mineral Resources (excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Field:Mineral Resources (excl. Energy Resources) not elsewhere classified
Author:Gemmell, JB (Professor Bruce Gemmell)
ID Code:23250
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-21
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