Tourmaline as a recorder of ore-forming processes

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Tourmaline occurs in diverse types of hydrothermal mineral deposits and can be used to constrain the nature and evolution of ore-forming fl uids. Because of its broad range in composition and retention of chemical and isotopic signatures, tourmaline may be the only robust recorder of original mineralizing processes in some deposits. Microtextures and in situ analysis of compositional and isotopic variations in ore-related tourmaline provide valuable insights into hydrothermal systems in seafl oor, sedimentary, magmatic, and metamorphic environments. Deciphering the hydrothermal record in tourmaline also holds promise for aiding exploration programs in the search for new ore deposits.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Tourmaline as a recorder of ore-forming processes
Series title Elements
DOI 10.2113/gselements.7.5.321
Volume 7
Issue 5
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Mineralogical Society of America
Contributing office(s) Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
Description 6 p.
First page 321
Last page 326