Economic geology

Ore metals beneath volcanoes

Metals often accumulate in the crust beneath volcanoes. Laboratory experiments and observations reveal important roles for magmatic vapours and brines in transporting and concentrating the metals into deposits worth targeting for extraction.

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Figure 1: Magmatic setting for porphyry-type deposits and potential mechanisms leading to ore formation.

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Nadeau, O. Ore metals beneath volcanoes. Nature Geosci 8, 168–170 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2379

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