Chapter 1: Spatial Periodicity in Self-Organized Ore Systems
Published:January 01, 2018
The development of more predictive models for the distribution patterns of large ore deposits and districts is critical for future discovery success in mineral exploration. Some studies have suggested that the distribution of orogenic Au and porphyry Cu deposits appears ordered with a periodic spacing in some mineral provinces, but it remains unclear if spatial periodicity is a common feature of diverse mineral systems. We present evidence for spatial periodicity of large mineral deposit clusters along 20 major structural corridors from nine world-class mineral provinces with five ore deposit types (orogenic Au, porphyry Cu, sediment-hosted Cu and Zn-Pb-Ag, and...