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Metallogeny is the branch of geology that seeks to define the genetic relationships between the geological history of an area and its mineral deposits. Mineral deposits, in the broadest sense, form part of the same geological record as less-valuable rocks, and were deposited in response to processes in the same geological and tectonic environ- ments. Mineral deposit studies both contribute to and bene- fit from understanding of the regional geological and tectonic development of an area. The deposits in some cases provide important data as to the geological processes opera- tive at different times. On the other hand, regional...

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