Skarn deposits are one of the more abundant ore types in the earth’s crust and have been the subject of numerous studies over the years (Burt, 1982, provides a useful annotated historical bibliography). This interest in skarns shows no sign of abatement and a search of the GeoRef database for the term "skarn" indicates that there have been almost 3,000 publications concerning skarn in the 18 years since the first special issue of Economic Geology (v. 77, no. 4) devoted to skarn deposits (Einaudi and Burt, 1982).

In addition to general academic interest, skarns also...

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