This report is part of an effort by the U.S. Geological Survey to update existing mineral deposit models and to develop new ones. We emphasize practical aspects of pegmatite geology that might directly or indirectly help in exploration for lithium-cesium-tantalum (LCT) pegmatites, or for assessing regions for pegmatite-related mineral resource potential. These deposits are an important link in the world’s supply chain of rare and strategic elements, accounting for about one-third of world lithium production, most of the tantalum, and all of the cesium.
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USGS Numbered Series
A preliminary deposit model for lithium-cesium-tantalum (LCT) pegmatites
Version 1.0: February 1, 2013; Version 1.1: December 20, 2016
U.S. Geological Survey
Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center