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Igneous Geochemistry of Mineralized Rocks of the Baguio District, Philippines: Implications for Tectonic Evolution and the Genesis of Porphyry-Style Mineralization


Hollings, P and Cooke, DR and Waters, PJ and Cousens, B, Igneous Geochemistry of Mineralized Rocks of the Baguio District, Philippines: Implications for Tectonic Evolution and the Genesis of Porphyry-Style Mineralization, Economic Geology and The Bulletin of The Society of Economic Geologists, 106, (8) pp. 1317-1333. ISSN 0361-0128 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.2113/econgeo.106.8.1317


The Baguio district of the Philippines is one of the world’s premier mineral provinces, containing >35 million ounces (Moz) of gold and 2.7 million metric tons (Mt) of copper in epithermal, porphyry, and skarn deposits that formed in the last 3.5 m.y. Pliocene and Pleistocene magmatic rocks of the Baguio district that are spatially and temporally associated with mineralization can be broadly subdivided into an intermediate to felsic suite of mineralized low to medium K intrusions, some of which have adakitic affinities and a suite of mafic to intermediate, medium K to shoshonitic hornblende-phyric dikes. The geochemical and isotopic characteristics of the dikes are consistent with primitive mantle-derived melts that underwent minimal crustal contamination as they ascended through the arc crust. In contrast, the intermediate to felsic suite has been contaminated by young arc crust, suggesting ponding and fractionation within shallow-crustal magma chambers. The Philippine arc has formed in a complex tectonic environment and is currently sandwiched between two active subduction zones. Eastward-directed subduction of the Scarborough Ridge along the Manila trench is currently associated with flattening of the downgoing slab. The formation of the Mafic dike complex is broadly coeval with the onset of subduction of the Scarborough Ridge and slab flattening. The extinct Scarborough Ridge would have been younger than the downgoing plate and consequently more susceptible to melting. These melts can account for the isotopic recharge of the Pliocene subarc mantle as well as the generation of the primitive melts and adakitic rocks found within the Baguio district. The interaction between primitive mafic melts and the more felsic calc-alkaline rocks has

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Porphyry copper deposits igneous geochemistry Philippines Baguio
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Mineral exploration
Objective Field:Copper ore exploration
UTAS Author:Cooke, DR (Professor David Cooke)
ID Code:74834
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:42
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2011-12-14
Last Modified:2014-04-30

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