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

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