The evolution of lithospheric domains: a new framework to enhance mineral exploration targeting

Suzanne Y. O'Reilly*, Jon Hronsky, William L. Griffin, Graham Begg

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    A new approach to global exploration targeting is essential for the discovery of new world-class ore deposits. Understanding the lithosphere-scale context of resource formation and location may provide the next step-change in enhancing exploration success. Knowledge of the nature of trans-lithospheric structure and discontinuities and the delineation of deep lithosphere domains with fundamentally different composition, architecture and evolution is providing a new framework for exploration. This enhances understanding and prediction of the location of ore-deposits derived from a variety of deep lithospheric processes including mantle-derived magmatic and fluid flow (and associated thermal transfer) and deep crustal reworking and partial melting. Relevant resource deposits include Ni-PGE, Cu, Au and diamonds, while these methods also reveal important parameters about basin formation that are potentially important for oil and gas occurrence.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMineral deposit research
    Subtitle of host publicationmeeting the global challange
    EditorsJingwen Mao, Frank P. Bierlein
    Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
    PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)3540279458, 9783540279457
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventEighth Biennial SGA Meeting - Beijing, China
    Duration: 18 Aug 200521 Aug 2005


    ConferenceEighth Biennial SGA Meeting


    • lithospheric mantle
    • exploration targeting
    • diamonds
    • magmatic nickel deposits
    • MANTLE
    • CRATON


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