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Zircon composition has great potential as a pathfinder for porphyry Cu ± Mo ± Au systems. The present study used a large integrated laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) U-Pb age and trace element dataset for both infertile and fertile magmatic suites in order to elucidate distinctive zircon signatures diagnostic of metallogenic fertility of the parent magma. The infertile suites are defined as magmatic rocks that are absent of alteration and mineralization at any grade, whereas fertile suites refer to the causative intrusions leading to porphyry-type ore formation. The infertile suites are relatively reduced S- and A-type and relatively...

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