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Title: Magmatic sulfide ore deposits
Authors: Barnes, Stephen J.
Holwell, David A.
Le Vaillant, Margaux
First Published: Apr-2017
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America
Citation: Elements, 2017, 13 (2), pp. 89–95
Abstract: Magmatic sulfide ore deposits are products of natural smelting: concentration of elements from silicate magmas (slags) by immiscible sulfide liquid (matte). Deposits occupy a spectrum from accumulated pools of matte within small igneous intrusions or lava flows, forming orebodies mined primarily for Ni and Cu, to stratiform layers of weakly disseminated sulfides, mined for platinum group elements, within large mafic-ultramafic intrusions. One of the world’s most valuable deposits, the Platreef in the Bushveld Complex in South Africa, has aspects of both of these end members. Natural matte compositions vary widely between and within deposits, controlled largely by the relative volumes of matte and slag that interact with one another.
DOI Link: 10.2113/gselements.13.2.89
ISSN: 1811-5209
eISSN: 1811-5217
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, Mineralogical Society of America. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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