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Philippine porphyry and epithermal deposits: an introduction


Cooke, DR and Hollings, P and Chang, Z, Philippine porphyry and epithermal deposits: an introduction, Economic Geology, 106, (8) pp. 1253-1256. ISSN 0361-0128 (2011) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.2113/econgeo.106.8.1253


The Philippines is one of the most richly endowed parts of the Southwest Pacific, with many porphyry copper-gold and epithermal gold-silver deposits scattered along the archipelago (e.g., Sillitoe and Gappe, 1984; Mitchell and Leach, 1991; Fig. 1). Chinese mining artifacts discovered in the Baguio and Masbate districts suggest that gold and silver mining dates back to at least the 14th century. Several placer gold mining regions were active during the Spanish regime (1521 to 1898; Bureau of Mines and Geosciences, 1986). Since World War II, gold and silver production has risen fairly steadily, from 2.0 t Au and 1.4 t Ag in 1946 to 37 t Au and 34 t Ag in 2009 (Bureau of Mines and Geosciences, 1986; Fig. 2). Between 2005 and 2009, the Philippines accounted for approximately 1.5 and 0.1 percent of global gold and silver production, respectively, when approximately 37 t Au and between 14 and 34 t Ag were produced each year (George, 2011; Brooks, 2011; Fig. 2).

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:Porphyry deposits epithermal deposits Philippines
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Resource geoscience
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Mineral exploration
Objective Field:Copper ore exploration
UTAS Author:Cooke, DR (Professor David Cooke)
UTAS Author:Chang, Z (Dr Zhaoshan Chang)
ID Code:74857
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2011-12-14
Last Modified:2017-12-13
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