Special Issue "Application of New Geochemical Analytical Techniques to the Understanding of the Genesis of Epithermal Au-Ag Deposits"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. James A. Saunders

Consulting geologist, Auburn, AL 36832, USA
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Phone: 334-750-6215
Interests: hydrothermal geochemistry of gold in volcanic settings; geology of epithermal deposits; aqueous and environmental geochemistry, bioremediation, and environmental geology
Guest Editor
Dr. Matthew E. Brueseke

Department of Geology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
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Interests: igneous petrology; volcanology; tectonics; economic geology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Epithermal ores have accounted for approximately 12% and 20% of the respective historic total world gold and silver production. Although epithermal ores are spatially associated with coeval volcanism, debate on their formative processes has been ongoing during the 100+ years that they have been recognized as a distinct class of ore deposits. The discovery of new deposits and the advent of new analytical tools have led to recent advances in the understanding of the genesis of these deposits, but no consensus on the nature of or combination of genetic processes involved in their genesis has yet emerged. Consequently, a special issue of the peer-reviewed, open-access journal Minerals is proposed to provide a forum for presenting new data on epithermal ores, focusing primarily on new geochemical techniques and data.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Isotope investigations, particularly “non-traditional” stable isotopes (e.g., Cu, Fe, Ag, Te, etc.);
  • Fluid inclusion research involving newer micro-analytical tools;
  • Studies focused on the timing and duration of epithermal ore-forming systems;
  • Detailed textural or mineralogical investigations of epithermal ores, including nano-scale characterizations;
  • Research on the “porphyry-to-epithermal” transition including vapor-phase transport of volatile metals and metalloids such as Au, Ag, As, Se, Te, etc.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. James A. Saunders
Dr. Matthew E. Brueseke
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Epithermal gold-silver deposits
  • Geochemical analytical techniques
  • Non-traditional isotopes
  • Nanoparticles
  • Porphyry-to-epithermal transition

Published Papers

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