Whole-rock regional oxygen-isotope depletion patterns as a guide to epithermal gold exploration in north Queensland

G. R. Ewers, D. E. Mackenzie, B. I. Cruikshank, A. S. Andrew

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    Abstract

    The recognition of regional oxygen-isotope depletion patterns in high-level igneous rocks provides a means to discriminate areas potentially prospective for low sulphidation epithermal gold mineralisation. The coincidence of an extensive regional oxygen-isotope depletion pattern over most of the northern Drummond Basin with a recently discovered epithermal district is consistent with a similar association for younger, world-class epithermal districts in the US. Data suggest that the northern Coen Inlier is a region of high epithermal potential worthy of more systematic exploration. In contrast, extensive exploration within and around the Featherbed Cauldron Complex has failed to define any significant epithermal mineralisation. -from Authors

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)395-407
    Number of pages13
    JournalAGSO Journal of Australian Geology & Geophysics
    Volume15
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1994

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