Geochemistry is an important field in the study of mineral deposits because mineralization involves several processes, of which chemical processes are the ones that finally result in the precipitation of metals or formation of minerals. Studying the geochemical characteristics of mineral deposits is, therefore, important in: (a) understanding ore genesis (the usage of term ‘ore’ here does not necessarily mean a mineral deposit that can be exploited at an economic profit); (b) mineral deposit classification; (c) mineral exploration; (d) extractive metallurgy or mineral processing; and (e) geo-environmental studies. Understanding the genesis and classification of mineral deposits have traditionally been carried...

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