Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences,
The University of British Columbia
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Metals in the Earth

Solving problems of the distribution of metals, location, transport, concentration and dispersal in high-temperature magmatic, moderate- to low-temperature hydrothermal, and surficial environments is critical to better understand the concentration of mineral resources and the discovery of additional resources.

Examples of this type of research include: building a holistic deposit model for alkalic gold-(copper) deposits based on an integrated structural, alteration zonation, and geochemical study of deposits from BC and Australia; development of the application of transitional metal and other heavy stable isotopes (e.g. Cu, Zn, Ag, Se) to hydrothermal ore mineralization processes; using the trace element concentrations of lode and placer gold combined with grain morphology to determine the ultimate source(s) of placer gold in central and western Yukon; heavy stable isotopes as indicators for metal release and mobility in mine waste (tailings or waste rock); origin and formation of PGE-rich (and other ore-bearing) zones in mafic layered intrusions.

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Researchers:
Scoates, James
Hickey, Ken
Dipple, Greg
Hart, Craig
Mortensen, Jim
Weis, Dominique
Gillis, Kathryn
Kopylova, Maya
Marshall, Dan
Russell, Kelly
Tosdal, Richard
Groat, Lee