An orientation soil survey at the Pebble Cu-Au-Mo porphyry deposit, Alaska

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Soil samples were collected in 2007 and 2008 along three traverses across the giant Pebble Cu-Au-Mo porphyry deposit. Within each soil pit, four subsamples were collected following recommended protocols for each of ten commonly-used and proprietary leach/digestion techniques. The significance of geochemical patterns generated by these techniques was classified by visual inspection of plots showing individual element concentration by each analytical method along the 2007 traverse. A simple matrix by element versus method, populated with a value based on the significance classification, provides a method for ranking the utility of methods and elements at this deposit. The interpretation of a complex multi-element dataset derived from multiple analytical techniques is challenging. An example of vanadium results from a single leach technique is used to illustrate the several possible interpretations of the data.

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Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title An orientation soil survey at the Pebble Cu-Au-Mo porphyry deposit, Alaska
Volume 1
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher Association of Applied Geochemists
Contributing office(s) Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
Description 4 p.
Larger Work Type Conference Paper
Larger Work Subtype Conference Paper
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the 24th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium Volume I
First page 393
Last page 396
Conference Title The 24th International Applied Geochemistry Symposium
Conference Location Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Conference Date June 1-4, 2009
Country United States
State Alaska
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