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The Giant Kidd Creek Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide Deposit, Western Abitibi Subprovince, Canada: Preface and Introduction*

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M. D. Hannington
M. D. Hannington
Geological Survey of Canada, 601 Booth Street, Ottawa, Canada K1A 0E8
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C. T. Barrie
C. T. Barrie
Geological Survey of Canada, 601 Booth Street, Ottawa, Canada K1A 0E8
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W. Bleeker
W. Bleeker
Geological Survey of Canada, 601 Booth Street, Ottawa, Canada K1A 0E8
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Published:
January 01, 1999

Abstract

ARCHEAN Cu-Zn deposits are among the most important mineral deposit types in Canada. The Superior province of Canada contains nearly 80 percent of the known Archean Cu-Zn deposits in the world (about 100 of 125 deposits). These deposits are concentrated in 10 separate mining camps, including Sturgeon Lake, Manitouwadge, Mattagami Lake, Chibougamau, Joutel, Val d’Or, Bous-quet, Noranda, Kidd Creek, and Kamiskotia (Fig. 1 and Table 1). A few deposits in rocks of similar age and composition are also known in the Slave province, the Churchill province, and in the Archean of Western Australia, southern Africa, China, and Brazil. Known deposits of this age worldwide account for more than 650 million metric tons (Mt) of massive sulfides, containing 10 Mt of Cu metal, 29 Mt of Zn, 1 Mt of Pb, 33 Mkg Ag, and 750,000 kg Au. The giant Kidd Creek volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit in the western Abitibi subprovince of Canada is the largest known deposit of this age currently in production. The Superior province is the world’s largest exposed Archean craton, occupying an area of more than 1.5 million km2, bounded by the Trans-Hudson orogen to the west and the Grenville province to the east. A number of distinct subprovinces are recognized, assembled into east-west-trending granite-greenstone terranes and metasedi-mentary belts (Fig. 1). The granite-greenstone terranes are composed of gneissic rocks of plutonic origin,

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Economic Geology Monograph Series

The Giant Kidd Creek Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide Deposit, Western Abitibi Subprovince, Canada

Mark D. Hannington
Mark D. Hannington
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C. Tucker Barrie
C. Tucker Barrie
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Society of Economic Geologists
Volume
10
ISBN electronic:
9781629490052
Publication date:
January 01, 1999

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