Metals, Minerals, and Society
Chapter 7: Structural Configuration of the Central African Copperbelt: Roles of Evaporites in Structural Evolution, Basin Hydrology, and Ore Location
Published:January 01, 2018
David Selley, Robert Scott, Poul Emsbo, Lyudmyla Koziy, Murray W. Hitzman, Stuart W. Bull, Mark Duffett, Stanislas Sebagenzi, Jacqueline Halpin, David W. Broughton, 2018. "Structural Configuration of the Central African Copperbelt: Roles of Evaporites in Structural Evolution, Basin Hydrology, and Ore Location", Metals, Minerals, and Society, Antonio M. Arribas R., Jeffrey L. Mauk
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The Central African Copperbelt is the world’s premier sediment-hosted Cu province. It is contained in the Katangan basin, an intracratonic rift that records onset of growth at ~840 Ma and inversion at ~535 Ma. In the Copperbelt region, the basin has a crudely symmetrical form, with a central depocenter maximum containing ~11 km of strata positioned on the northern side of the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, and marginal condensed sequences <2 km in thickness. This fundamental extensional geometry was preserved through orogenesis, although complex configurations related to halokinesis are prevalent in central and northern...