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Copper-Zeolite Ore Formation

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O.A. Duzhikov
O.A. Duzhikov
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January 01, 1988

Abstract

The first evidence of native copper in the volcanic rocks in the northern part of the Siberian platform was published in the classic work of V.I. Vernadsky “An Opus on Descriptive Mineralogy”. In 1945, G.G. Moor, while analyzing scarce data on native copper in the lava fields of the area of the Siberian traps concluded that there was a genetic correlation between this mineralization and deposits located in the area of the Upper Great Lakes Michigan of the United States of America.

Many showings of native copper have been recorded since _ the start of the 1950’s, due to the development of systematic geological mapping and prospecting in the Noril’sk region, and in the northwestern part of the Siberian platform in general. Most of these occur in the upper part of the sequence of tuffs and lavas. Copper is concentrated essentially in the amygdular basalts and lava breccias, rarely in massive portions of the basalt sequence. Disseminated copper has been found in tuffs and limestones which occur in tuffaceous horizons of the Triassic basalts, and sometimes in carbonate veins.

Important new data on the distribution of the copper mineralization were obtained as a result of prospecting along the northern slopes of the Kharayelakh mountains [36, 43]. Several copper-bearing horizons were recognized in the volcanics, including the elongate, stratiform, Arylakhsky deposit, which contains copper mineralization throughout. The distribution of the copper is governed by lithology and stratigraphy, and most of the showings are associated with carbonate horizons which occupy several

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Geology and Metallogeny of Sulfide Deposits Noril’sk Region U.S.S.R.

O.A. Duzhikov
O.A. Duzhikov
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V.V. Distler
V.V. Distler
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B. M. Strunin
B. M. Strunin
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A. K. Mkrtychyan
A. K. Mkrtychyan
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M.L. Sherman
M.L. Sherman
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S.S. Sluzhenikin
S.S. Sluzhenikin
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A.M. Lurye
A.M. Lurye
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Society of Economic Geologists
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1
ISBN electronic:
9781629490250
Publication date:
January 01, 1988

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