Abstract

The potential of rock magnetism in studies on the genesis of ore deposits is examined. It is suggested that techniques based on magnetic properties other than the direction of the stable part of the natural remanent magnetization might prove usefully applicable. More specifically the analysis of the type of remanent magnetization in ores and their wall rocks is suggested as a worthwhile approach in the study of ore genesis. Other methods suggested are based on the occurrence of chemical or physical changes affecting ferromagnetic minerals in ores during heating. It may be possible to relate the results of such experiments to the thermal conditions prevailing at the time of either formation of minerals in ore deposits or acquisition of stable remanent magnetization.

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