Sir:Kesler and Wilkinson (2006) have taken an interesting approach to understanding the temporal distribution of ore deposits—in this case epithermal, porphyry copper, and orogenic gold deposits—by examining the role of exhumation, the conjunction of burial, uplift, and erosion that exposes ore deposits and their host rocks at the surface. Calculation of exhumation rates of Phanerozoic deposits, which developed in crust over negatively buoyant subcontinental lithospheric mantle (SCLM; Poudjom Djomani et al., 2001), shows an excellent match with the known distribution of epithermal and porphyry copper deposits, which are generally accepted to have formed at less than 1 km and...

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