Three new world-class sediment-hosted stratiform copper deposits have recently been documented in SW Poland, in the deep parts of the Fore-Sudetic Monocline: Nowa Sól, Sulmierzyce North and Mozów. Along with the adjacent prognostic areas, these deposits form an extensive W-E trending belt, distant from the well-known deposits of the Sieroszowice-Lubin area and referred to as the Northern Copper Belt. This major discovery was a result of an exploration program performed by the Canadian Miedzi Copper Corporation, which involved studies of archival data and the company's own drilling program. Investigation of the core material included microscopic observations of thin sections and chemical analyzes using the ICP-MS and/or ICP-OES method. The aim of this study was to compare available geochemical data from the documented deposits and determine the distribution patterns of the main and accompanying metals. Particular attention was paid to Cu, Ag, Pb, Zn, Co, Ni, Mo, V and Au. Each of the studied deposits is characterized by a different position of the ore mineralization in the lithological profile. Average concentrations of analyzed elements and their distribution in the ore series, both vertically and laterally, indicate that distinct mineralizing systems were responsible for the formation of each orebody. Among the main factors influencing metal distribution in analyzed deposits are: the spatial range of the epigenetic, oxidized Rote Fäule facies; composition and thickness of the source rocks for the mineralizing brines; tectonics.

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