In the sulfide mineral assemblages commonly found in terrestrial rocks, the major elements are S with the metals Fe, Zn, Cu, Pb, and Ag and semimetals As and Sb. Minor elements include Te, Se; the metals Ni, Cd, Co, Mn and the semimetals Hg and Bi. Particular ore deposits can be characterized using specific subsystems containing these elements (e.g., McKinstry 1963). Previous reviews have summarized in detail the phase relations in binary, ternary, and higher-order systems. These include Barton (1970), the first volume in this series (Craig and Scott 1976), excellent chapters by Barton and Skinner...

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