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Melt inclusions in Veins: Linking Magmas and Porphyry Cu Deposits


Harris, AC and Kamenetsky, VS and White, N and van Achterbergh, E and Ryan, CG, Melt inclusions in Veins: Linking Magmas and Porphyry Cu Deposits, Science, 302, (5653) pp. 2109-2111. ISSN 0036-8075 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1126/science.1089927


At a porphyry copper-gold deposit in Bajo de la Alumbrera, Argentina, silicate-melt inclusions coexist with hypersaline liquid- and vapor-rich inclusions in the earliest magmatic-hydrothermal quartz veins. Copper concentrations of the hypersaline liquid and vapor inclusions reached maxima of 10.0 weight % (wt %) and 4.5 wt %, respectively. These unusually copper-rich inclusions are considered to be the most primitive ore fluid found thus far. Their preservation with coexisting melt allows for the direct quantification of important ore-forming processes, including determination of bulk partition coefficients of metals from magma into ore-forming magmatic volatile phases.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Resource geoscience
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources)
Objective Field:Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Harris, AC (Dr Anthony Harris)
UTAS Author:Kamenetsky, VS (Professor Vadim Kamenetsky)
UTAS Author:White, N (Professor Noel White)
ID Code:28006
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:135
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-28

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