The Altaids are one of the largest and most economically important of the crustal blocks that comprise the Eurasian landmass (Fig. 1). They host large numbers of ore deposits, many of world class, including gold, copper-molybdenum, lead-zinc, and nickel. The rich metal endowment of the Altaids is a result of a prolonged and complex history of crustal growth and deformation. In this paper we describe the development of the Altaids in relation to the diverse and widespread mineralization that has occurred in this area.

The Altaids consist of Neoproterozoic-Paleozoic rocks. Together with the pre-0.6 Ga orogens of the...

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