This Geochemical Perspectives follows along my path through the evolution and development of hydrothermal concepts as they became established during the latter half of the twentieth century, from conjecture through established precept. A powerful stimulus for the developments was a keen scientific interest in the genesis of hydrothermal ore deposits shared commonly by my colleagues, both geochemists and economic geologists. Underlying that interest was our optimistic belief that a fundamental understanding of ore-forming processes should have practical applications for mineral exploration.

Our early investigations of ore genesis were impeded, however, by a lack of adequate data on the chemistry of...

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