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Clues to hidden copper deposits

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Economic-grade deposits of copper are hard to find. The aluminium content of magmatic rocks at the surface may provide an indicator of ore deposits buried deep below.

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Figure 1: Theories of porphyry copper ore formation.

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Richards, J. Clues to hidden copper deposits. Nature Geosci 9, 195–196 (2016) doi:10.1038/ngeo2656

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