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Economic geologists have sought for most of this century to achieve a unified set of models for epithermal Au-Ag deposits to serve as springboards for exploration and new avenues of research. Prior to the 1860s, form and appearance served as the basis for ore deposit classification, with genetic concepts modifying these early theories in the latter part of the century. In 1913, Lindgren classified vein deposits into separate categories on the basis of pressure and temperature criteria gleaned from documented attributes of many different types of ore deposits and study of metamorphic rock assemblages. In 1922, he coined the...

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