A topology of mineralization and its meaning for prospecting




Epigenetic mineral deposits are universal members of an orderly spatial and temporal arrangement of igneous rocks, endomorphic rocks, and hydrothermally altered rocks. The association and sequence of these rocks is invariant whereas the metric relations and configurations of the properties of these rocks are unlimited in variety. This characterization satisfies the doctrines of topology. Metric relations are statistical, and their modes are among the better guides to optimal areas for exploration. Metric configurations are graphically irregular and unpredictable mathematical surfaces like mountain topography. Each mineral edifice must be mapped to locate its mineral deposits. All measurements and observations are only positive or neutral for the occurrence of a mineral deposit. Effective prospecting is based on an increasing density of positive data with proximity to the mineral deposit. This means sampling for maximal numbers of positive data, pragmatically the highest ore-element assays at each site, by selecting rock showing maximal development of lode attributes.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title A topology of mineralization and its meaning for prospecting
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-68344-2_62
Volume 2
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher Springer
Publisher location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contributing office(s) Mineral Resources Program
Description 10 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Ore Genesis: Special Publication of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits
First page 657
Last page 666